Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in InPietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son.
Early life[ edit ] Francis of Assisi was born in late or earlyone of several children of Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant, and his wife Pica de Bourlemont, about whom little is known except that she was a noblewoman originally from Provence. He spent money lavishly.
In this account, he was selling cloth and velvet in the marketplace on behalf of his father when a beggar came to him and asked for alms. At the conclusion of his business deal, Francis abandoned his wares and ran after the beggar.
When he found him, Francis gave the man everything he had in his pockets. His friends quickly chided and mocked him for his act of charity. When he got home, his father scolded him in rage.
It is possible that his spiritual conversion was a gradual process rooted in this experience.
Upon his return to Assisi inFrancis returned to his carefree life. A strange vision made him return to Assisi, having lost his taste for the worldly life. In response, they asked him laughingly whether he was thinking of marrying, to which he Francis of assissi, "Yes, a fairer bride than any of you have ever seen", meaning his "Lady Poverty".
Francis of Assisi breaking off his relationship with his father and renouncing his patrimony, laying aside publicly even the garments he had received from him.
On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. He said he had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the forsaken country chapel of San Damianojust outside Assisi, in which the Icon of Christ Crucified said to him, "Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins.
When he returned to town, hungry and dirty, he was dragged home by his father, beaten, bound, and locked in a small storeroom. The latter, not content with having recovered the scattered gold from San Damiano, sought also to force his son to forego his inheritance by way of restitution. In the midst of legal proceedings before the Bishop of AssisiFrancis renounced his father and his patrimony.
He spent some time at a neighbouring monastery working as a scullion. He then went to Gubbio, where a friend gave him, as an alms, the cloak, girdle, and staff of a pilgrim. Returning to Assisi, he traversed the city begging stones for the restoration of St. These he carried to the old chapel, set in place himself, and so at length rebuilt it.
Over the course of two years, he embraced the life of a penitentduring which he restored several ruined chapels in the countryside around Assisi, among them San Pietro in Spina in the area of San Petrignano in the valley about a kilometer from Rivotorto, today on private property and once again in ruin ; and the Porziuncolathe little chapel of St.
Mary of the Angels in the plain just below the town. Mary of the Angels, near which he had then built himself a hut.
The disciples are to go and proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Francis was inspired to devote himself to a life of poverty.
Having obtained a coarse woolen tunic, the dress then worn by the poorest Umbrian peasants, he tied it around him with a knotted rope and went forth at once exhorting the people of the country-side to penance, brotherly love, and peace.
Within a year Francis had eleven followers. The brothers lived a simple life in the deserted lazar house of Rivo Torto near Assisi; but they spent much of their time wandering through the mountainous districts of Umbriamaking a deep impression upon their hearers by their earnest exhortations.
The rule was "To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps". Reluctantly, Pope Innocent agreed to meet with Francis and the brothers the next day. After several days, the pope agreed to admit the group informally, adding that when God increased the group in grace and number, they could return for an official admittance.
The group was tonsured. This occurred, according to tradition, on April 16,and constituted the official founding of the Franciscan Order. Clare is received by St.
Francis, Josep Benlliure From then on, the new Order grew quickly with new vocations. Hearing Francis preaching in the church of San Rufino in Assisi inthe young noblewoman Clare of Assisi became deeply touched by his message and realized her calling.Women also were fascinated by Francis's message, and when Francis received a rich young women of Assisi named Clare, the Second Order of Franciscans was founded, also known as Poor Clares.
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Saint Francis of Assisi, O.F.M. Co-patron of Italy, founder of the Seraphic Order; The oldest surviving depiction of Saint Francis is a fresco near the entrance of the Benedictine abbey of Subiaco, painted between March and March He is depicted without the stigmata, but the image is a religious image and not a portrait.
"Francis of Assisi so impressed the people of his own time that even before his death a rich field of stories, images, anecdotes, and reports of miracles had sprung up. These so enveloped the saint that many scholars have despaired of uncovering the man behind the legends.
But this new, lucid study by Thompson largely achieves this goal/5(72). The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Francesco, Latin: Basilica Sancti Francisci Assisiensis) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Assisi, a town of Umbria region in central Italy, where Saint Francis was born and died.
Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.