Saints Top 5 pick (Feast Day)

Today is a great day, one of my Saints top 5 has a feast day today. Saint Francis of Assisi!!!!!!

Many of you know about Saint Francis, some of you don’t but that’s ok; I’m here to school you. Born in 1181 he was son to a wealthy cloth merchant. He attempted to be a solider, but on the way to battles and war he often gave away all he had to people less fortunate than him. Thus forcing him to return home before he even got started.
He got started in his life of poverty when he joined a pilgrim to Rome and saw the poverty that many experienced. He heard God’s call to “rebuild his church” this Francis took to be the actual church building. Upon reflection he realized that this meant the church as a whole. So he started the order of Franciscans also called the Friars Minor.

He is most known for his involvement in matters concerning the environment and nature, which he revered as some of God’s greatest works. Our Pope has even taken the name of Francis! There is some much I could share with you, but I don’t have time to write it all. I had the opportunity to spend 3 days at Assisi this summer, and it was simply amazing. I’ll give you some pictures below and you can see what the town (virtually unchanged since Francis’ time) looks like. It was spiritually uplifting and know that I prayed for all of you there.

Take some time to learn some more about this great man if you don’t know anything already. He is a great Leader of me n and an example to live by.

Looking out over the city from the East end of the city.
Looking out over the city from the East end of the city.
The Church where the order exists. There are 3 different Churches in this one building. Saint Francis is buried in the lower church.
The Church where the order exists. There are 3 different Churches in this one building. Saint Francis is buried in the lower church.
Tomb of Saint Francis. We had the opportunity to have mass here and even take a few pictures (which isn't allowed)
Tomb of Saint Francis. We had the opportunity to have mass here and even take a few pictures (which isn’t allowed)
The view as you come up on Assisi. It's up on the hill. It's a walled city and sits above the valley and looks out.
The view as you come up on Assisi. It’s up on the hill. It’s a walled city and sits above the valley and looks out.
A typical city "street" in Assisi. There was hardly any room for a car bigger than a mini cooper to navigate.
A typical city “street” in Assisi. There was hardly any room for a car bigger than a mini cooper to navigate.

Stay Divine

Josh

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