Francis of Assisi - Saint of the day - 4th October 2017

  • Posted on: 4 October 2017
  • By: holyghostchurch

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI; PATRON SAINT OF ITALY, PROTECTOR OF BUSINESS PEOPLE (RETAIL AND WHOLESALE), FLORISTS, POETS, ECOLOGISTS; MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 4

Born in 1181, the son of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up everything to obey the words of the Lord: “Leave all, and follow me.” He lived in complete poverty, preaching the Gospel. Others came to join him, and they lived by a simple rule based on the Gospel. From them grew the Franciscan Order, which spread rapidly during his own lifetime, though he ceased to be its leader and left its administration to others. His life was a putting into practice of the beatitudes, and was marked by faith, joy, service of others, prayer, and love of all created things. He died in 1226.

PRAYER: Father,
you helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ
through a life of poverty and humility.
May we follow your Son
by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi,
and by imitating his joyful love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.