St. Francis of Assisi
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St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi was born on June 24, 1182, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco, was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and a preacher. His parents were Pica de Bourlemont, Pietro Bernardone dei Moriconi.


Francis was a man of action. His simple lifestyle spoke louder than his preaching. If any simple way was available, no matter how impossible it seemed Francis would go for it. He had his companions from all walks of life-from fields and towns, nobility and common people, universities, the Church, and the merchant class. Francis practiced true brotherhood by showing honour, respect and love to every person regardless of one's position, whether the person was a pope or a beggar.


His brotherhood included all of God's creation. Hence Francis personified all the elements of nature and called each of them as his brother or sister. All God's creation was part of his brotherhood. The sparrow was as much his brother as any of his friar. Francis generously responded to God at the time of his suffering from blindness by composing the 'Canticle of the Sun' that expresses his brotherhood praising God with all His creation.


Love for His Lord who became poor, compelled Francis to a life of unconditional poverty. Therefore he renounced possessions, honour and power and found perfect joy in his poverty and simplicity. He himself being completely poor, Francis embraced the poor and the rejected and in fact became a brother even to all creation. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered as the founder of all Franciscan orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.