St. Francis of Assisi
the patron saint of animals and Italy
St. Francis of Assisi was born in Italy, in 1181. At an early age, Francis learned to read and write in Latin, and he also leaned French literature and language. People saw Francis as a leader of the young men in the town because he loved the life God had given him, and he had a spirit of the world. Francis was very serious about his Christian life. Some say that no one in history has set out as seriously, as Francis did to imitate Jesus, and to carry out Jesus work in Jesus own way. He cared about everyone. Francis called all of nature’s creatures his brothers and sisters. He also preached to these animals. He also once persuaded a wolf to stop attacking people. Francis loved the country France and he loved walking around Europe.
He died on October 3rd, 1226, and was canonized on July 16th, 1228. His feast day is on October 4th. An important event from his childhood was when he participated in a war between Perugia and Assisi, and he was imprisoned by Assisi for about a year, and when he got out he was seriously sick. He had a mother and a father, but never had a wife or any kids. His father’s name was Pietro di Bernardone, and his moms name was Pica de Bourlemont. St. Francis said that all creatures were his brothers and sisters, and he wanted to bring the gospel to all of God’s creatures. He was canonized as a saint because he was the founder of the Franciscan orders of the Friars Minor. I learned that St. Francis of Assisi is Italian, and that he and Catherine of Siena are the Patron Saints of Italy.
Other stuff you should know about this person is that Christ told him, “Francis, go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down. Then he became a very poor workman, and gave up all his possessions so he could be loyal to God. People then considered him an obsessive religious person. People benefited from his existence by learning about God, he would go to different towns and preach about him. We celebrate St. Francis by “blessing our pets” since he was the patron saint of animals and the environment. The most impressive thing about him is how loyal he was to God. When he died, he sang Psalm 141, and when he finished he asked to his clothes removed, to impersonate his Lord. Illness brought Francis to see the emptiness of his life, as a son of the leader of Assisi. Prayer led him to God.