Saint Francis of Assisi



Francis of Assisi

When a pilgrim goes to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, he is given a pamphlet which reads, “An Encounter with Saint Francis in Assisi.”

This is what we will attempt to do in this chapter, introduce you to, and pray you experience such an encounter with the Poverello of Jesus, your heart will burn to learn more about him. There is so much to know about Saint Francis of Assisi that it’s impossible in this short chapter to tell it all. In addition, Francis touches everyone in a different way, as does Jesus.

We believe that Saint Francis  of Assisi was the closest human being on earth to mirror Jesus. Francis draws you like a magnet. That’s how he got to us. On our first pilgrimage to Europe and the Holy Land, a side trip was included to Assisi from Rome.

It was our first time in Rome, we had only one day to spend there. We didn’t want to leave Rome; there was too much we hadn’t seen. So when our guide told us that the next morning, we would leave bright and early for Assisi, Penny and I thought to ourselves, in your dreams; we weren’t going.

We would explore Rome on our own. But the morning came, and we found ourselves boarding a bus for the three and a half hour drive to Assisi. We only spent four hours in Assisi, and an hour and a half of that was lunch. So for all intents, we had two and a half hours in Assisi. There’s no way you can even begin to experience Assisi in that period of time. When the bus was ready to go back to Rome, we begged for more time.

We didn’t want to leave! But we had to leave. On our way back to Rome, we vowed that if we ever got back to Assisi, we’d spend a day and a half there. As it turned out, we returned the following year. Our planned day and a half extended to a week, and still we didn’t want to leave. From that time, 1977, to this, we have visited Italy at least once a year, but for the most part, three or four times a year. We have never gone there and not spent at least two nights in Assisi, to bask in the illumination of Saint Francis of Assisi.

We’ve been asked many times, and even began asking ourselves, “Why do you keep going back to Assisi?” Is it because of the beauty of the town, and its surrounding area, including Santa Maria degli Angeli, the home of the Portiuncola?

There’s no question that it is truly God’s country, but there are many little towns in Europe that are beautiful. We believed then, and we do now, there is an air of Francis about Assisi, which has never left. His presence blankets the town. You can feel him everywhere you go, in the streets, in the churches, among the people, everywhere.

And for a few years, we were content with that explanation, because it is true. But it’s only part of the reason. About ten years ago, while we were doing research on this unique Saint, we came across the reason we keep going back to Assisi. Francis instructed the brothers, “Come back to the Portiuncola at least once a year.

The Spirit of Jesus and Mary are very strong here.” Yes, then we understood. The same Spirit and power that made Saint Francis of Assisi the exceptional Saint he is, has never left Assisi. That’s what we felt in the air, the blanket that covers this holy ground.

It is the Spirit, Jesus and Mary. Praise the Lord.

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We believe Francis had the ability to empty himself almost completely, and let Jesus reflect through him. It was no longer Francis who spoke to the Moslems; it was Jesus, through Francis. Very possibly, in this place and time, Francis put into practice his simple prayer.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.Francis of Assisi

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is discord, unity.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is error, truth.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is sadness, joy.

Where there is darkness, light.

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.


It is in giving, that we receive.

It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.

It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.


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Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most powerful Saints of our Church.  Lenin, one of the founders of the Communist Revolution, said on his deathbed, "If we had had one hundred Francis' of Assisi, the revolution would have been successful."

Come with us to Assisi, the land of Saint Francis.  No matter where you go there, you can feel Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

See many of his Miracles. Visit the Portziuncola, Assisi imagefirst Franciscan Church, the Convent of San Damiano where the Crucifix spoke to Francis, when he asked, "What do you want of me Lord"  and Jesus replied, "Go and rebuild my Church which you can see, is in ruins."

Visit the Hermitage, where Francis went to meditate and hear the Lord's words.  Come to his Basilica and visit his tomb.

Learn about the Stigmata, how it came about, and what effect it had on the rest of Saint Francis' life.  Come with him as he returned to the Convent of San Damiano and Sister Clare, who cared for him. See his life and death as depicted by the many murals in the upper Basilica.

Learn about Saint Francis.  We need him especially today.

"During this construction period of Francis' life, one of the broken-down churches he worked on, was the little Benedictine chapel at Santa Maria degli Angeli.  It was called the Portiuncola.  It had been abandoned, and was in ruins.  Francis rebuilt this church in honor of Our Lady, and leased it from the Benedictines for one barrel of fish per year.  This became the first church of the Franciscan Order...." Taken from "Saints and Other Powerful Men in the Church."

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Saint Paul Jesus spoke to him; he converted, and archenemy of the Christians became Apostle to Gentile World
Saint Augustine Doctor of the Church - Sinner turned Saint - Read how his mother prayed him to holiness.
Saint Francis of Assisi Most like Jesus -lived the Gospel life - Brother Sun - Stigmatist - Founder of Franciscans
Saint Anthony Finder of Lost Souls - Great homilist, Mystic, Hammer of Heretics, Miracle of the Eucharist
Saint Peregrine The Cancer Saint, Incorrupt body
Saint John of the Cross Reformer of Carmelites - Doctor of the Church - Mystic - Poet - Soldier of Christ
Saint John Vianney Patron Saint of Parish Priests, had visions of Mother Mary - did battle with the devil.
Saint John Bosco Mystic - Visionary - Prophesied these last days - Pied-piper of lost children of the streets.
Saint Maxmilian Kolbe - founded Knights of the Immaculata, died as a Martyr in Auschwitz.
Saint Miguel Pro Martyr of Mexico of the 20th century
Blessed Padre Pio Visionary, Stigmatist for 50 yrs, bi-located, perfect confessor, transverberation of the heart.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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