Saint Francis Quotes

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Saint Francis of Assisi (September 26, 1181October 3, 1226) Born in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi was renown for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father’s payment—and, during this time, reportedly began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis reportedly heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. So he abandoned his life of luxury and devoted his life to Christianity and became known all over the Christian world. Later in life, Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ—marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified—making Francis the first person to receive the holy wounds of the stigmata. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228. Today, St. Francis of Assisi has had a lasting resonance, with millions of followers across the globe.  

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

-Francis of Assisi

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing you have received, fading symbols of honor, trappings of power, but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

-Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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. 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; It is in dying…that we are born to eternal life.”

-St. Francis of Assissi

Francis’s rejection of the body and the pleasure of the flesh is extreme, yet his indulgence of the flesh had been extreme, too, and fleshly temptations tormented him all his life. He had to be extreme in recognition of his sins and his repentance, or he could easily have slipped back into the old ways.

-St. Francis of Assissi

“A servant of God cannot know the extent of his patience and humility so long as all goes well with him. But when a time comes that those who should treat him well do the opposite, then he shows the true extent of his patience and humility, and no more. Blessed is the servant who does not esteem himself as better when he is praised and promoted by men than when they look on him as vile, stupid and contemptible; for whatever a man is in the sight of God, that he is, and no more. Blessed is the servant who accepts rebuke with courtesy, obeys respectfully, confesses humbly, and makes amends gladly. Blessed is the servant who is not in a hurry to excuse himself, but humbly accepts shame and reproach for a fault even when he is not to blame.”

-Francis of Assisi

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty with joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. Where the fear of the Lord stands guard, there the enemy finds no entry. Where there is mercy and moderation, there is neither indulgence nor harshness.”

-Francis of Assisi

Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me a right faith, a sure hope, a perfect charity

-St. Francis

I have done my duty now may Christ teach you yours,

-St Francis of Assisi

“You should not let a single person in the world, whatever sin that person may have committed, come before your eyes and depart without having found mercy with you. And should that person not ask for mercy from you, then you must ask it of him. And were that person to come to you a thousand times, continue to love them so as to lead them back to the right path. Always have compassion, for all of us have sinned.”

-St Francis of Assisi

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless we preach as we walk”
-Francis of Assisi

“Pleased be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendors and bears likeness of you, Most High One.”
-Francis of Assisi

“Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us in our misery and grace to do for you alone what we know you want us to do, and always to desire what pleases you. Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. And, by your grace alone, may we make our way to you, Most High, who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified, God all-powerful, forever and ever. Amen.”

-Francis of Assisi (from Letters to an Entire Order)

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