Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi
1. Call of St. Francis
a. Serve God and the poor
b. Rebuild the Church
2. St. Francis was known for the ff:
a. He made the first creche in 1223 that signifies the birth of Christ on Christmas.
b. He received the stigmata two years before he died as a share in the wounds of Christ. It was also an outward sign of his mortification and penance.
c. The first to teach that earth itself is holy.
3. What can we learn from the life of St. Francis:
a. we are all called to rebuild the Church
b. a life of poverty or simplicity
c. a life of humility
d. a great love for the poor
e. proclaimed the joy of the gospel by words and deeds
"Francis of Assisi was poor only that he might be Christ-like. He loved nature because it was another manifestation of the beauty of God. He did great penance that he might be totally disciplined for the will of God. His poverty had a sister, humility, by which he meant total dependence on the good God. But all this was, as it were, preliminary to the heart of his spirituality: living the gospel life, summed up in the charity of Jesus." - excerpt from the book "Saint of the Day" 5th revised edition, edited by Leonard Foley, O.F.M. and revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., p. 267.