Born in Assisi (Italy) in 1181 or 1182. Died nearby on 3 October
1226. The carefree son of a wealthy merchant who gave up his inheritance to embrace utter poverty. Under a simple gospel rule, he and his Friars Minor were authorised to be mendicant preachers.
His “Canticle of the Sun” captures his lyrical spirit and sense of oneness with all creatures. An outstanding example of the beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. At the end of his life he bore in his flesh the marks of Christ’s suffering. Remembered for preaching the poor and crucified Christ in both word and humble action.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!