October 4, September 17 – Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron Saint of Peace, Ecology and against Fires

Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Date: October 4)

Extract from Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”

Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Date: October 4)

Extract from Who was St. Francis?: “Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a mite of self-importance. Serious illness brought the young Francis to see the emptiness of his frolicking life as leader of Assisi’s youth. Prayer—lengthy and difficult—led him to a self-emptying like that of Christ, climaxed by embracing a leper he met on the road. It symbolized his complete obedience to what he had heard in prayer: “Francis! Everything you have loved and desired in the flesh it is your duty to despise and hate, if you wish to know my will. And when you have begun this, all that now seems sweet and lovely to you will become intolerable and bitter, but all that you used to avoid will turn itself to great sweetness and exceeding joy.” See PICTURES of Saint Francis. See also: Francis of Assisi (Multilingual), SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, FOUNDER OF THE FRIARS MINOR, CONFESSOR—1181-1226 (EN), Francis of Assisi (EN), St. Francis of Assisi (EN), Francisco de Asís (SP), San Francesco d’Assisi Confessore (IT), Saint François d’Assise, qui es-tu ? (FR), Św. Franciszek (PO). VIDEOS: St. Francis, Pure of Heart, Brother Sun – Sister Moon, Instrument of Peace, PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Prayer for Saint Francis, Prayer of St. Francis,(Make Me A Channel of Your Peace) sung by Angelina, EWTN, Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace – Sinead O’Connor, Prayer of St. Francis by Sarah MacLachlan, Prayer of St. Francis by Ryan Cayabyab. Franciscan PRAYERS.

SaintFrancis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology (Feast Date: October 4)

Extract from Saint Francis of Assisi: “Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Pietro was furious because she’d had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist. The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a man of God — he wanted a man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would reflect his infatuation with France. So he renamed his son Francesco — which is the equivalent of calling him Frenchman. Francis enjoyed a very rich easy life growing up because of his father’s wealth and the permissiveness of the times. From the beginning everyone — and I mean everyone — loved Francis. He was constantly happy, charming, and a born leader. Francis’ final years were filled with suffering as well as humiliation. Praying to share in Christ’s passion he had a vision received the stigmata, the marks of the nails and the lance wound that Christ suffered, in his own body.”

Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint Against Fires (Feast Date: October 4)

Extract from St. Francis of Assisi: “Because his father called him Francis, so did everyone else, although he was baptized Giovanni shortly after his birth in the town of Assisi His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a successful cloth merchant, and Francis grew up with a love of fine clothes and good times. He led the other young men of the town in enjoying good food and drink, singing, and dancing. When Francis was 20, he was taken prisoner in a war between Assisi and Perugia. A year later, sobered by jail and sickness, he underwent several religious experiences in quick succession. While praying in the decrepit chapel of S. Damiano outside Assisi, he heard a voice from the crucifix telling him, “Francis, go repair my house, which is falling in ruins.” Taking the words literally, Francis went quickly back to the city, sold his horse and some cloth from his father’s shop, and came back to give the money to the priest at S. Damiano. His father, furious at Francis’ squandering money on churches and beggars, hauled him before the bishop to bring him to his senses. When the hearing began, Francis calmly took off all his clothes, gave them to his father (the astonished bishop quickly covered Francis with a cloak), and said that he was now recognizing only his Father in heaven, not his father on earth. His life from this time on was lived without money and family ties.”

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We at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Funeral Suicide Bombing in Baghdad, Iraq (June 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 2 – July 15, 2012.

Violent Protests in Syria (June 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 4 – July 17, 2011.

Violent Clashes in Libya (March, 2011) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 14 – March 27, 2011.

Climate Change in New Zealand(Ongoing) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 3 – August 16, 2009.

Fires in Kenya (February  2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 16 – March 1, 2009.

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Articles:

Multilingual:

Eternal World Television Network:  Saint Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Friars Minor, Confessor — 1181-1226
The Franciscan Archive:  St. Francis of Assisi
Saints.SQPN.com: Biography and Links:  Saint Francis of Assisi
Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia:  Francis of Assisi

English:

About.com, Angels and Miracles:  Francis of Assisi: Miracle Man and Patron Saint of Animals
AmericanCatholic.org:  St. Francis of Assisi
AmericanCatholic.org:  St. Francis of Assisi, Who Was St. Francis?
Anaflora:  Who is Saint Francis of Assisi?
Answers.com:  St. Francis of Assisi
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center:  St. Francis of Assisi
CatholicCulture.org:  Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Religious
Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent:  St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Online:  St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Saints:  Saint Francis of Assisi
Encyclopedia Britannica:  Saint Francis of Assisi
Fordham University: The Jesuit University of New York:  Medieval Sourcebook: The Testament of St. Francis
Francis of Assisi:  Francis of Assisi
Franciscan Info and Tidbits:  St. Francis of Assisi
Franciscan Wiki:  Francis of Assisi
The Franciscans: Life of Saint Francis:  St. Francis of Assisi, Charismatic Penitent
The Great Courses:  Francis of Assisi (CourseWork)
The Guardian:  St. Francis of Assisi, A Saint For Our Times
Heroes of Faith Hero:  Saint Francis of Assisi
Internet Sacred Text Archive:  The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi
Le Belle Compagnie:  St. Francis of Assisi
Lives of Saints:  Saint Francis of Assisi (With a Prayer)
NNDB Tracking the Entire World:  St. Francis of Assisi ( With Bibliographical Links )
New World Encyclopedia:  Francis of Assisi
Orthodox Christian Information Center:  A Comparison: Francis of Assisi and St. Seraphim of Sarov
Praying Nature with St. Francis of Assisi:  St. Francis of Assisi
ReJesus.co.uk:  Francis of Assisi
St. Francis Prayer for Animals, Prayer to St. Francis for Animals, Blessing of the Animals:  St. Francis of Assisi
Saints Preserved:  Francis of Assisi
Spirituality and Practice, Resources for Spiritual Journeys:  Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Squidoo:  Saint Francis of Assisi–Patron Saint of Animals
TimeAndDate.com:  Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in the United States

Children:

Holy Spirit Interactive Kids Zone:  St. Francis of Assisi

Enlightenment:

Saint Francis Service Dogs:  Helping People with Disabilities to Better Experience the World Through Partnership with a Service Dog
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi:  Women of Faith Touching a World in Need

Monuments and Pilgrimages:

Assisi Online:  The Basilica of St Francis and the Sacro Convento
Church and Friary of Saint Francis of Assisi:  National Shrine of Saint Anthony
National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi:  Saint Francis of Assisi (Multilingual Website)

Art and Images:

Google:  Francis of Assisi
Olga’s Gallery:  Christian Saints: St. Francis of Assisi
Philadelphia Museum of Art:  Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata

Prayers:

E.Book of Common Prayers:  Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
The Lectionary: Prayer and Biography:  Francis of Assisi
Living From The Heart:  Saint Francis of Assisi
The Pathology Guy: Prayer and Biography with Links:  Francis of Assisi

Quotes:

Brainy Quote:  Francis of Assisi Quotes
Good Reads:  St. Francis of Assisi Quotes
United Earth:  St. Francis of Assisi (Quotes, Chronology, Biography)
WikiQuote:  Francis of Assisi (Multilingual)

Videos:

Google.com:  Francis of Assisi (Videos)
YouTube:  The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi (Videos)

Commercial:

Videos and Books:

Amazon.com:  Saint Francis of Assisi (Book)
Christian Classics Ethereal Library:  Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi (Book)

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