When a pilgrim goes to the
Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, he is given a pamphlet which reads,
“An Encounter with Saint Francis in Assisi.”
This is what we will attempt to do in this chapter, introduce you to,
and pray you experience such an encounter with the Poverello of Jesus,
your heart will burn to learn more about him. There is so much to know
about Saint Francis of Assisi that it’s impossible in this short chapter to tell it
all. In addition, Francis touches everyone in a different way, as does
We believe that Saint Francis of Assisi was the closest human being on earth to mirror
Jesus. Francis draws you like a magnet. That’s how he got to us. On our
first pilgrimage to Europe and the Holy Land, a side trip was included
to Assisi from Rome.
It was our first time in Rome, we had only one day to spend there. We
didn’t want to leave Rome; there was too much we hadn’t seen. So when
our guide told us that the next morning, we would leave bright and early
for Assisi, Penny and I thought to ourselves, in your dreams; we weren’t
We would explore Rome on our own. But
the morning came, and we found ourselves boarding a
bus for the three and a half hour drive to Assisi. We
only spent four hours in Assisi, and an hour and a
half of that was lunch. So for all intents, we had
two and a half hours in Assisi. There’s no way you
can even begin to experience Assisi in that period
of time. When the bus was ready to go back to Rome,
we begged for more time.
We didn’t want to leave! But we had to
leave. On our way back to Rome, we vowed that if we ever got back to
Assisi, we’d spend a day and a half there. As it turned out, we returned
the following year. Our planned day and a half extended to a week, and
still we didn’t want to leave. From that time, 1977, to this, we have
visited Italy at least once a year, but for the most part, three or four
times a year. We have never gone there and not spent at least two nights
in Assisi, to bask in the illumination of Saint Francis of Assisi.
been asked many times, and even began asking
ourselves, “Why do you keep going back to Assisi?”
Is it because of the beauty of the town, and its
surrounding area, including Santa Maria degli Angeli,
the home of the Portiuncola?
There’s no question
that it is truly God’s country, but there are many
little towns in Europe that are beautiful. We
believed then, and we do now, there is an air of
Francis about Assisi, which has never left. His
presence blankets the town. You can feel him
everywhere you go, in the streets, in the churches,
among the people, everywhere.
And for a few years,
we were content with that explanation, because it is
true. But it’s only part of the reason. About ten
years ago, while we were doing research on this
unique Saint, we came across the reason we keep
going back to Assisi. Francis instructed the
brothers, “Come back to the Portiuncola at least
once a year.
The Spirit of Jesus and Mary are very
strong here.” Yes, then we understood. The same
Spirit and power that made Saint Francis of Assisi the exceptional
Saint he is, has never left Assisi. That’s what we
felt in the air, the blanket that covers this holy
It is the Spirit, Jesus and Mary. Praise the
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We believe Francis had the
ability to empty himself almost
let Jesus reflect through him. It was no longer
Francis who spoke to the Moslems; it was Jesus,
through Francis. Very
possibly, in this place and time, Francis put into
practice his simple prayer.
Lord, make me an instrument of
Where there is hatred, let me sow
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
O Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to
To be loved, as to love.
It is in giving, that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
Saint Francis of Assisi
make me an instrument of Your Peace!"
Saint Francis appeals to every aspect of humanity.
He is Gospel"
courage! Fix your gaze on our saints."
Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most powerful Saints
of our Church. Lenin, one of the founders of the Communist Revolution,
said on his deathbed, "If we had had one hundred
Francis' of Assisi, the revolution would have been successful."
Come with us to Assisi, the land of
Saint Francis. No matter where you go
there, you can feel Saint Francis and Saint Clare.
See many of his Miracles. Visit the Portziuncola,
first Franciscan Church, the Convent of San Damiano where
the Crucifix spoke to Francis, when he asked,
"What do you want of me Lord"
and Jesus replied,
"Go and rebuild my Church which you can see, is in ruins."
Visit the Hermitage,
where Francis went to meditate and hear the Lord's words.
Come to his Basilica
and visit his tomb.
Learn about the
Stigmata, how it came about, and what effect it
had on the rest of Saint Francis' life. Come with him as he returned to
the Convent of San Damiano and
Sister Clare, who cared for him. See his life
and death as depicted by the many murals in the upper Basilica.
Saint Francis. We need him especially today.
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"During this construction period of Francis' life,
one of the broken-down churches he worked on, was the little Benedictine
chapel at Santa Maria degli Angeli. It was called the Portiuncola. It had
been abandoned, and was in ruins. Francis rebuilt this church in honor of
Our Lady, and leased it from the Benedictines for one barrel of fish per
year. This became the first church of the Franciscan Order...."
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Down through the ages, men and
women have given their lives to carry out the command of Jesus. Bob
and Penny Lord have tracked the lives of 12 men who have said, Yes!
to Jesus, and dedicated their lives to that Yes!, some at the cost of
their lives. Their biographies parallel the times of crisis in our
Church. Bob and Penny have set their sights on the man and the time in
which he lived. They have started at the beginning of our infant
Church, with one of the greatest adventurers our Faith has ever known, Paul
the Apostle, and continued to our present day, ending with a Paul of the
Electronic Age, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
They have focus on the problems in the world and the Church at these
crucial times in our history, the men the Lord sent to save the world and
the Church from destruction, the struggles they encountered along the way,
and the ultimate triumph of Jesus through His Powerful Men in the Church.
spoke to him; he converted, and archenemy of the Christians became Apostle
to Gentile World
of the Church - Sinner turned Saint - Read how his mother prayed him to
Francis of Assisi
Most like Jesus -lived the Gospel life - Brother Sun - Stigmatist -
Founder of Franciscans
Finder of Lost Souls - Great homilist, Mystic, Hammer of Heretics, Miracle
of the Eucharist
The Cancer Saint, Incorrupt body
John of the Cross
Carmelites - Doctor of the Church - Mystic - Poet - Soldier of Christ
John Vianney Patron
Saint of Parish Priests, had visions of Mother Mary - did battle with the
Mystic - Visionary - Prophesied these last days - Pied-piper of lost
children of the streets.
- founded Knights of the Immaculata, died as a Martyr in Auschwitz.
Martyr of Mexico of
the 20th century
Stigmatist for 50 yrs, bi-located, perfect confessor, transverberation of
Fulton J. Sheen
- First Televangelist -
A Prophet of these latter days-maligned and misunderstood.
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