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These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying:

Go ye to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And going, preach, saying:
The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give.

Do not possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your purses:

Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.

And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till you go thence.

And when you come into the house, salute it, saying:

Peace be to this house.

And if that house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it; but if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you.

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.
Matthew 10: 5-14
"One day, when the gospel story of Christ sending his disciples to preach was read in the church, the holy man of God (Francis) was present and more or less understood the words of the gospel. After mass he humbly asked the priest to explain the gospel to him. He heard that Christís disciples were supposed to possess neither gold, nor silver, nor money; were to have neither bread nor staff; were to have neither shoes nor two tunics; but were to preach the kingdom of God and penance. When the priest had finished, Francis, rejoicing in the spirit of God said, "This is what I want! This is what Iím looking for! This is what I want to do from the bottom of my heart!" He took off his shoes, tossed away his staff, was satisfied with a single tunic, and exchanged his leather belt for a cord."
Excerpt from First and Second Lives of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano, tr. by David Burr
"Francis was strolling one day near the old church of St. Damian, which was nearly destroyed and abandoned by all. The spirit led him to enter the church and pray. Devoutly lying prostrate before the crucifix, stirred by unusual visitations, he found he was different than when he had entered. While he was in this affected state, something absolutely unheard-of occurred. The crucifix moved its lips and began to speak."Francis," it said, calling him by name,"go and repair my house, which, as you see, is completely destroyed." Francis was stupefied and nearly deranged by this speech. He prepared to obey, surrendering himself completely to the project....From then on compassion for the crucified one was imprinted in his holy soul and, one may devoutly suspect, the stigmata of the holy passion were deeply imprinted in his heart, though not yet in his flesh."
Excerpt from First and Second Lives of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano, tr. by David Burr
The Prayer before the Crucifix at San Damiano
Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen
Saint Francis
We Adore You
We adore You, Lord Jesus Christ, in all Your churches throughout the world and we bless You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Amen
Saint Francis
"There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence."
Fragment from Encyclical, Lumen Fidei by Pope Francis, (LF 4)
Saint Francis of Assisi by Cigoli; 1597-1599; Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
The Vision to St. Francis at Porziuncola by Bartolome Esteban Murillo; 1667; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain http://www.wikipaintings.org
October 4 - Saint Francis of Assisi, Confessor - Walking in the footsteps of Christ
 
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