Go bird watching. Notice the beauty in God’s most carefree creatures.
Give your pets some extra special love. Give them a treat, go for a walk with them, say a blessing over them. Call them “Brother” or “Sister” today, like St. Francis would have.
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Be present to someone who’s suffering
Above everything else, St. Francis was known for his kindness to the suffering, the poor, and the outcasts of society.
Seek out someone who is struggling, and encourage them.
Send a text, give them a call, visit them, pray for them, bring them a meal.
If you notice someone suffering or asking for help, do not deny them. If you see someone experiencing homelessness, give them what you can. Lean into an encounter with your struggling brother or sister.
This prayer was most likely not written by St. Francis, though it had been attributed to him for years. As of now, the writer remains anonymous. But the prayer still reflects many of the tenets St. Francis lived out and wrote about as part of the Franciscan Order. And very much is a prayer still worth praying!
Inside the crumbling church of San Damiano, St. Francis had a pivotal encounter with Jesus. As he was kneeling in front of the crucifix, “the image of Christ crucified spoke to him. ‘Francis,’ it said, calling him by name, ‘go rebuild My house; as you see, it is all being destroyed.’”
One of the first things St. Francis did after selling all of his possessions and leaving his family home, was to physically restore the church of San Damiano, stone by stone. That church eventually became the home of the Poor Clares, run by St. Clare of Assisi.
Go to mass today.
Pray what St. Francis prayed in the crumbling church of San Damiano, “Lord, what do you wish from me?”
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St. Francis' favorite almond cookies
Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, is located in the Umbria region of Italy.
“And such was the fervor of his spirit as he spoke that, unable to contain himself for joy, as he uttered the words with his mouth he moved his feet as if dancing.” - From The First Life of Francis by Thomas of Celano
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