.. ve of God in the streets, asking not for money, but for stones and mortar. And people gave them to him. So, with his own hands, he rebuilt the Church of San Damiano. Francis cared for the sick and the poor.
He was never ashamed to touch anyone, and even kissed the hands of a leper. Soon, others would join Francis in his life of poverty. Many young men, inspired by Francis, also wished to change their lives. Francis told them to give all they had to the poor. The first two were Bernardo di Quintavalle and Peitro dei Cattani, and they lived with Francis in huts of branches and mud by Portiuncula. Soon, many others joined the group and they moved to a small, rotten shed in a place called Rivo Torto.
They led a hard life. Sometimes, there would be nothing to eat and the could would freeze them. Later they went to Rome for the Popes blessing. At first he declined, but a vision was shown to him in a dream. Francis was saving the church.
The Works of Saint Francis Saint Francis, leader of the Friars Minor, was known for his love of the poor and destitute. There are many accounts of works he has done concerning lepers, poor, sick, and old. Near the convent where Saint Francis lived was a hospital for leprosy and other ailments, where many of the Brothers worked. As it was, in this hospital was a leper who was impatient, rude, and blasphemed God and The Virgin Mary, to the extent it disturbed the brethren. They presented the case to Saint Francis, who visited the leper. Upon entering, he said May God give you peace, my beloved brother! to which the leper replied, What peace can I look for from God, who has taken from me every blessing and made me this disgusting object? Francis answered, My son, be patient; the infirmities of the body are given by God in this world for salvation in the next.
There is great merit in them when patiently endured. Said the foul creature How can I patiently bear the pain that afflicts me night and d! ay? For not only am I afflicted by my infirmity, but the friars the hast sent to care for me do serve to make it only worse, for they do not serve me as they ought. St. Francis then said, My son, I myself will serve thee, seeing as thou art not satisfied with the others. Came the answer, What can thou do more than they have done? Whatever thou wishest I shall do for thee I want then, that you wash me all over; for I am so disgusting that I cannot bear myself. Said the leper.
Francis heated some water, and then adding odiferous herbs, undressed him and began to wash him with his own hands, and then by some miracle, when the holy hands of Francis touched the body, the leprosy disappeared, the flesh was healed! And as the body of the leper healed, so did his soul. Seeing his leprosy vanish, the man felt great repentance for his sins, and began to weep bitterly. Feeling himself so healed in body and soul, he cried out Unhappy me! I am worthy of Hell for the wickedness I! have done against the brethren, and my blasphemy of the Lord! He prayed for days, and he soon died at peace with God. St. Francis has also been known for his love of animals.
Many stories are told of Saint Francis with birds, fish, and beasts. One of the best known stories may be that of the Wolf at Gubbio. There was a time when Saint Francis lived in a town called Gubbio. One day a large and dangerous wolf appeared in the neighborhood, a wolf so large and fierce it had no problem killing a sheep or a man. The people of Gubbio lived in fear of the wolf and would not even venture out of the city walls.
Upon hearing of this, Saint Francis opened the gates of the city and began to approach the wolf. At seeing saint Francis the wolf lunged at the man, but quickly made the sign of the cross and called out Come hither, Brother wolf; I command thee not to harm me. And as meekly as a lamb the wolf lay down at Franciss feet. Brother wolf began Francis, Brother wolf, thou hast done much evil in this land destroying and killing the creatures of God without permission, yea, not only animals, but men, too, created in the likeness of God, for which thou art worthy of being hanged like a murderer. All men cry out against thee; dogs pursue thee ; all the inhabitants of this city are thy! enemies. But I will make peace between them and thee, O brother wolf, If thou would give me a promise not to offend them any more.
The wolf, as best could, made it clear he agreed with everything Saint Francis said. Saint Francis said again If thou dost make peace, I promise thee the inhabitants of the city will feed thee every day for as long as thou shalt live among them, thou shalt no longer suffer hunger, as hunger has caused all this. But if I obtain such things, you must promise on thy side to never again harm men or sheep or any animal; dost thou promise? Again, the wolf made signs he consented. Saint Francis then said Brother wolf, give me a sign of thy pledge. And then the wolf put his paw into Franciss hand.
Come now, before the people and show them you are no longer a threat. So the wolf and Francis went back to the town and again performed this miracle to show all the peace of the wolf, and the people gladly accepted to feed him. So for many days, the wolf! went meekly from house to house and the people feed him. And when he died after 2 years, the people grieved his death, for his humble presence had always remind them of Saint Francis. These two examples are nothing but a taste of the works of saint Francis. The saint has done much more, along with the Friars Minor, and would later pray so hard he received visions, and ultimately, the holy stigmata.
About the Diorama: The Christmas at Greccio The Christmas at Greccio, the Living Nativity, was brought about by Saint Francis, in an attempt to make people remember the meaning of Christmas. In front of the Church of Greccio, a real stable was set up and real animals brought to the scene; a real child was placed in the manger. Midnight Mass was said for the people in the little stable. And once again, recreated, the people saw where the Christ Child had been born. Some say this was the inspiration for the crche, or nativity scene many people now have in their homes at Christmas.
Conclusion The Francis Timeline 1182 Birth of Francis 1206 The cross speaks to Francis at San Damiano 1209 Pope Innocent II give oral approval of the Rule 1224 Francis receives the Stigmata 1226 Francis dies 1228 Francis is proclaimed a Saint 1230 The body of Saint Francis is taken to the Basilica of San Francisco 1818 The body of Saint Francis is recovered during excavations in Basilia 1928 Pope Pius XII proclaims Saint Francis Patron of Italy 1980 Pope John Paul II proclaims Saint Francis Patron of Ecology The feast day of Saint Francis is October 4. I had a lot of fun doing this report and learned a lot about my conformation namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi.