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SAINT OF THE MONTH

St. Francis
Feast Day - October 4

Throughout the world, East to West, in nearly all cultures, St. Francis of Assisi is likely the best known and most beloved of all the saints.

Born in 1182 to a merchant family of Assisi and a life of ease, (John) Francis Bernadone, he died at just 45 years of age in 1226. By then, he was a poor man by choice, dying with just a simple religious habit in worldly goods - but bequeathing a heritage of love that only God could properly value, a heritage that people of every age share anew and in new ways.

The church declared Francis of Assisi a saint in 1228, just two years after his death. He was widely celebrated then and into modern times for many reasons:

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PRAYER OF THE MONTH

Prayer

Father,

You helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, and by imitating his joyful love.

Grant this through Christ Our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

Amen.


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