The youthful, carefree, wealthy troubadour in the
company of his friends in Assisi!
Becoming a prisoner-of-war in Perugia for a year
marks the beginning of his conversion.
Returning alone from Spoletto after a
vision in which he was asked: "Is it better to serve the Lord or the servant?"
From now on, he would only seek and serve God.
Praying before the Crucifix of San Damiano, he
hears the words: "Francis, re-build my Church. As you see, it is falling into
ruin". He began to re-build the broken down church of St. Damiano. He would go
on to renew the whole Church.
Standing naked before his father, he says, "From
now on, I have only one father: my Father in Heaven". He then embraced a life
of simplicity, poverty and joy.
Francis embraces the leper, a person whom he had
formely feared and despised: "The Lord led me among lepers..." He would live
amongst them for two years.
Men and women from every walk of life, inspired by
him, become Franciscan brothers, sisters and lay missionaries all over the
world, right up to our own day. They include St. Clare of Assisi, his most
faithful disciple (1193-1253).
"Preach the Gospel with your lives.
Use words, if you most."
The Canticle of Brother Sun in which he calls the
elements his brothers and sisters. He respected every man, woman and living
creature as his brother and sister, created and sustained by God, the Father of
Sr. Maria in full swing!
Frans í Assisi, available from Bókadeild
Laudato Si - On Care for Our Common Home
by Pope Francis,
available online here in eight languages.
Video: Laudato Si - On Care of Our Common Home
(6.mins)with short texts in Italian, English and Spanish.
While the adults attended the conference, the
children learned about St. Francis from David and Sr. Florence at Sunday school,
which was held in "Kerit".
St. Francis with some of his brother and
The Crucifix of San Damiano before which St.
St. Francis receives the Stigmata (the wounds of
Christ on his body) two years before his death.
David reads about the life of St. Francis from the
book, "Frans í Assisi", while the children listen and colour pictures depicting
scenes from his life.