Frensham Village Churches

St Francis of Assisi

Here are copies of the slides produced for the talk on St Francis to the Forum on 6 October 2016 by Eunice King.

St Francis of Assisi

1181-1266

Founder of the Franciscan Order

Patron Saint for Ecologists, animals and the natural environment

Feast day – 4 October

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The Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon; 

where there is doubt, faith; 

where there is despair, hope; 

where there is darkness, light; 

where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 

to be understood as to understand; 

to be loved as to love; 

For it is in giving that we receive; 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 

it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.


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Born into a wealthy family in
Charming, happy, born leader
Ambitious, wanted to be a Knight
Encounter with God changed him
Prayerful
Message from Christ to repair the church
Disinherited by his father
Became a preacher of the Gospels
People started to follow his way of life
Received the stigmata, bearing the wounds of Christ’s Passion
Died at 45
Considered the founder of all Franciscan orders

Patron saint of ecologists and merchants
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Observe the Gospel, living in ….


Obedience

Chastity

Poverty

To be gentle, peaceful, unassuming, courteous and humble

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Discussion:

Compare the life of St Francis in the 13th century with the lives we live today,

drawing on any parallels

How relevant are the Franciscan ‘rules’

Do we agree with them? 

Do we embrace any of them, individually or as ‘church’