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Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

3 Apr

Who better to inspire us than St. Francis of Assisi who devoted his life to his faith and the poor? His words can inspire people from all faiths and walks of life. I have a statue of St. Francis in my back yard. It was a gift from my mother many years ago, and always reminds me of the true spirit of love, humility and kindness. May we all know the joy of working with our hands, our heads and our hearts.

(CNN) — St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ’s life.
He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.

Jorge Bergoglio is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first pontiff to adopt the name of Francis — the name of the rich young man from Assisi who renounced wealth and founded the Franciscan order of friars in 1290.

St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

St. Francis cared for the poor and sick, preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God.

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“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
he courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

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