Saint Francis of Assisi


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Saint Francis of Assisi

  1. 1. SAINT FRANCIS of ASSISI<br />Friar and Patron Saint <br />Catholic deacon <br />Founder of the Franciscans<br />By: john thomas<br />
  2. 2. patron saint of animals, the environment and Italy,<br />Blessing of the Animals Ceremonies are held on October 4th , the day of his feast.<br />
  3. 3. early life<br />Born in Assisi, Italy to a wealthy cloth merchant in 1182 CE.<br />Baptized in honor of John the Baptist, in the hopes he would grow to be a great religious leader.<br />Francis the Hellion<br />“Story of the beggar.&quot;<br />
  4. 4. steps toward transformation<br />1201 - joined a military expedition against. <br />held as prisoner of war for 1 year<br />1203 - returned to Assisi and his old ways<br />1204 -serious illness led to a spiritual crisis. <br />1205 - Enlisted in the army again<br />Soon after, A strange vision made him return to Assisi he began to avoid the “sports” and his former companions.<br />
  5. 5. transformation<br />Self isolation - prayer for enlightenment.<br />Takes to nursing lepers. <br />Another Mystical vision.<br />Disowns his father.<br />Sermon on Matthew 10:9.<br />Founding of the Order of Friars Minor.<br />1219 - Mission to Egypt<br /> – Converting the Sultan?<br />
  6. 6. The Nativity Scene<br />Although drawings and paintings of the Nativity Scene preceded his time;<br />Saint Francis was the first to create a three dimensional scene using live animals.<br />
  7. 7. the phenomenon of stigmata<br />While praying during a forty-day fast; Francis received the five wounds of Christ.<br />
  8. 8. transformation<br />1228 - Pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX.<br />Saint Francis is considered the first Italian poet by literary critics. <br />He believed commoners should be able to pray to God in their own language, and he wrote often in the dialect of Umbria instead of Latin. <br />His writings are considered to have great literary, as well as religious value.<br />
  9. 9. Legends of FRANCIS and the animals<br />Ministering the Wolf<br />Preaching to the birds<br />
  10. 10. Prayer of Saint Francis<br />Many different versions of the prayer exist. The most popular is the following:<br />
  11. 11. References<br />&quot;Francis of Assisi&quot;. Wikipedia. 12/5/09 &lt;;. <br />Mertens, A.. &quot;Who was a Christian in the Holy Land?“. 12/5/09 &lt;;. <br />Sabatier, Paul. &quot;Life of St. Francis of Assisi&quot;. Gutenberg. 12/5/09 &lt;;. <br />Woolnoth, Mary. &quot;St Francis Lecture&quot;. The Diocese of London. 12/5/09 &lt;;. <br />Ingleby, Francis . &quot;St. Francis of Assisi&quot;. Catholic Encyclopedia. 12/5/09 &lt;;. <br />