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Saint Francis : Living by the Gospel
When people hear the name Saint Francis, they are reminded of a great man who loved
nature, animals, the poor, poetry, and most of all, God. His sanctity comes from not only his love
for all of God's creatures and creations, but also in his love for the crucified Christ, his
faithfulness to the church and his dedication to Jesus' commandments. From his caring for the
poor to his passionate and devoted times of prayer, Saint Francis' actions were gestures of
worship. He desired and wanted to emulate Jesus Christ in all the things he did by living out the
Gospel and inviting and teaching many others to do the ...view middle of the document...
Being intimate with God
was Saint Francis' priority. Today's ministers could certainly learn from and should make an
example out of Saint Francis. God used him as a tool to bring renewal to the Christian faith and
he constantly longed to be at the feet of his Creator, seeking a more and more intimate
relationship and guidance. While praying, Saint Francis would be in complete rapture and the
Holy Spirit would enter and minister through him. Before he died, Saint Francis went up to
Mount La Verna to pray and contemplate upon the Passion of Christ. For three weeks he prayed
and meditated, asking to share in Jesus' sufferings. His wish came true and stigmata, marks
which are similar to Jesus' wounds caused by the nails when he was crucified, appeared on his
Saint Francis would see the beauty of God through nature. His reverence for all things
created by God caused him to be respectful of even the rocks on the roads. "For him nature spoke
of God. And out of love for the Father, he treated God's creation with the utmost respect, taking
care of the world God has given mankind to tend" (James Choung). Saint Francis was a novelty
because he not only treated nature as a person, but he also believed that the Bible should not only
be studied, but lived out and experienced. He believed that the Bible should not only be
extensively studied but he believed that it should be obeyed and followed. Saint Francis wrote:
"A man has been killed by the letter when he wants to know quotations only so that people will
think he is very learned and he can make money to give to his relatives and friends. A religious
has been killed by the letter when he has no desire to follow the spirit of Sacred Scripture, but
wants to know what it says only so that he can explain it to others."
Francis took a literal approach to the Bible which caused him to live a life of poverty.
When he attended a mass in 1208, his calling was made even...