Thursday, December 12, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day – October 4 – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of

1. Animals
2. The environment
3. Italy
4. Merchants
5. Stowaways
6. Cub Scouts
7. San Francisco, California
8. Naga City, Cebu
9. Tapestry workers

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Deacons who became Saints

Readings for today – Year B

St. Francis of Assisi brief life History

Date of Birth 1181/1182
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher
Place of Work Assisi, Italy
Date of Death 3 October 1226 (aged 44 years)
Place of Death Assisi, Umbria, Papal States
St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day October 4
Beatification By Not Available
Canonization By Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228 in Assisi, Italy
Patron Saint of 1. Animals
2. The environment
3. Italy
4. Merchants
5. Stowaways
6. Cub Scouts
7. San Francisco, California
8. Naga City, Cebu
9. Tapestry workers

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Short life History

St. Francis of Assisi’s name at birth was Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone. He was the son of a merchant of Assisi, was born in that city in 1182. Chosen by God to be a living manifestation to the world of Christ’s poor and suffering life on earth, he was early inspired with a high esteem and burning love of poverty and humiliation.

The thought of the Man of Sorrows, Who had not where to lay His head, filled him with holy envy of the poor, and constrained him to renounce the wealth and worldly station which he abhorred.

The scorn and hard usage which he met with from his father and townsmen when he appeared among them in the garb of poverty were delightful to him. “Now,” he exclaimed, “I can say truly, ‘Our Father Who art in heaven.’” But divine love burned in him too mightily not to kindle like desires in other hearts.

Many joined themselves to him, and were constituted by Pope Innocent III. into a religious Order, which spread rapidly throughout Christendom. St. Francis, after visiting the East in the vain quest of martyrdom, spent his life like his Divine Master — now in preaching to the multitudes, now amid desert solitudes in fasting and contemplation.

During one of these retreats he received on his hands, feet, and side the print of the five bleeding wounds of Jesus. With the cry, “Welcome, sister Death,” he passed to the glory of his God October 4, 1226.

Today’s St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Quote:

“My God and my all,” St. Francis’ constant prayer, explains both his poverty and his wealth.

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day