It is in giving that we receive... Few saints have been as influential as the man who was born in Assisi, Italy eight centuries ago. His message, however, is timeless, because it is rooted in the Gospel, which daily calls us to action in Christ's name. During his short life of 44 years, St. Francis was known not only for his holiness, but also for his humility, simple living and selflessness.

His acute awareness of God in his life led him to preach the Good News and reach out joyfully in service to those around him, so much so that his life has been described as a "living Gospel." The Prayer of St. Francis wonderfully captures the reality of his spiritual life: a willingness to radically imitate Christ through sacrifice and self-giving.



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