St. Francis Of Assisi Essay

1387 words - 6 pages

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis is considered a legendary hero and a popular saint. He was born in

1181, the middle of a time of great increases and expansions in the medieval West, in

Assisi, the place where this was strongest. His parents were Pietro and Pica Bernardone.

His father was a wealthy silk merchant. St. Francis spent his childhood in extravagant

living and pleasure-seeking. He was always in trouble and ran around Assisi with his

friends, eating, drinking, and having a good time. He went to war to fight for Assisi

against Perugia and was taken prisoner in 1202. Eventually he was released and once

again, returned to his old carefree ways. He became seriously ill for a while but then

returned to the wars in 1205.

He experienced a vision of Christ at Spoleto which was then followed by another

vision while he returned to Assisi. One vision was of Christ telling him, "Go and rebuild

my church. It is falling down." These visions are what changed his lifestyle forever.

Despite his wealthy, comfortable life, St. Francis chose a life of poverty. He wore rags

and wooden shoes on his bare feet. His father became furious at this and threatened to

disown him. Francis returned his father's money and clothes that he had taken to help

rebuild the church and severed relations with his father.

St. Francis rebuilt San Damiano with money begged from his townsmen. He

went on a pilgrimage to Rome in 1206, identifying himself with the poor and helping to

take care of those who suffered from 'leprosy'. For two or three years he lived alone,

wandering. Eventually, seven disciples joined him. Some of them were older, some

middle-aged, but they lived together as a community at the Portiuncula in Assisi, near a

leper colony. Here, he devoted himself completely to his life's work of poverty and

preaching. St. Francis and the other preachers stood out from the other Italian poor

preachers of the time because they had respect for, and showed obedience to the Church

authorities and their doctrinal orthodoxy. They lived in simple huts and their churches

were small. They slept on the ground and had no tables or chairs, as well as very few


In 1209, St. Francis founded the order of Friars Minor, which took the people of

that time by surprise because by doing this, Francis presented poverty, chastity, and

obedience in terms of troubadours and courts of love. After this, St. Francis gained many


Francis wished to preach to more people from farther around. In 1212 he went

eastward, but was driven on to the Dalmatian coast. In 1214 he left once again, this time

for Morocco through Spain, but, he became very sick and was forced to come back home.

In 1219, he sailed from Ancona with twelve other friars, heading for Acre and Damietta.

Francis managed to pass through enemy lines and meet with the...

Find Another Essay On St. Francis of Assisi

The Aesthetic Pedagogy of Francis of Assisi

3446 words - 14 pages . Ephraim Fischoff et al (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 1978), Vol. 1, p. 447. (5) G. K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1923), p. 106. (6) Bonaventure, Major Life, VI. 2. (7) Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Garden City: Doubleday, 1959), pp. 17-18. (8) cited in Goffman, op. cit., pp. 19, 20. (9) Dorothy Heathcote, Collected Writings on

Francis of Assisi - ' Brother Son Sister Moon'

1025 words - 4 pages Francis of Assisi - ' Brother Son Sister Moon'Crisis and conversion:While Francis is sick and dreaming, he has images of nature which represent the happiness and peacefulness. He also has images of war which help him understand that it isn't the greatest thing... neither is it the most honorable.Francis has many great conflicts with his father. Francis' father is very materialistic and possessive. Francis' father did not honorably earn the money

Saint Dominic Guzman of the Dominican Order, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Thomas Aquinas

2320 words - 9 pages preaching tour in Hungary. He was canonized as a Saint in 1234. It could not have been predicted that Francis would end up creating a very similar organization to that of Dominic. He was brought up in Assisi, a hill town in central Italy which typified the new wealth of late twelfth century Europe and his father was a well to do cloth merchant. Francis had taken it to be his divine mission to turn upside down the central obsession of his

Assisi, Italy

2421 words - 10 pages Assisi Before and After Francis and Clare? Assisi is a town located in the province of Perugia and Umbrian region of central Italy (?Assisi?).? It is located at the foot of Monte Subasio, which is 1300 feet or 400 meters above sea level. The narrow, winding streets and the surrounding city walls are indicative of the region?s medieval history (?Assisi?).? Although the town is primarily known as the birthplace of St. Francis, it was an

Analysis of The Canticle of Brother Sun

2635 words - 11 pages . Catholic Online, “Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St. Francis of Assisi,” last modified 2013, Clarke, Peter and Tony Clayton. God’s Bounty? The Churches and the Natural World. Vol. 37. New York: Boydell Press, 2010. Cunnigham, Lawrence, ed. Brother Francis: An Anthology of Writings of and about Saint Francis of Assisi. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1972. ---. Francis of

Christian Teachings about the Relationship between Humanity and the Rest of Creation

2563 words - 10 pages Francis. He placed all his wealth at the altar of God. Eleven others also joined Francis. They distributed all their wealth to the poor. Francis and his followers went all over Italy preaching, teaching, healing and blessing wherever they went. The gospel of kindness and love of Francis soon spread all over Europe and earned for him the name of St. Francis. People called him the little poor man of Assisi. He lived for ever

Biography of Saint Francis of Assissi

3426 words - 14 pages Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas. Bernardone was not in Assisi when his son was born. At first the child was called John but upon his father's return he was christened Francis, in memory of France, whence Pietro di Bernardone had just returned. More than any other character in history, St. Francis in after life retained the qualities most characteristic of childhood, so that it is not difficult to imagine him as he must have appeared during his

Influencial People in the History of the Catholic Church

1535 words - 6 pages he was influence in many non-catholic Christians adopting his principles to everyday life. Francis of Assisi: The founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis if Assisi was born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182, no one is sure of the exact year. Born to a wealthy cloth merchant, Francis began his elementary education at St. George's, he moved to the school of the Troubadours but was never very diligent in his studies, nor did he ever

St. Francis Assissi

3693 words - 15 pages not in Assisi when his son was born. At first the child was called John but upon his father's return he was christened Francis, in memory of France, whence Pietro di Bernardone had just returned. More than any other character in history, St. Francis in after life retained the qualities most characteristic of childhood, so that it is not difficult to imagine him as he must have appeared during his early years, with his combination of vivacity

Greccio Meal

2843 words - 11 pages many stories (which one assumes are first-hand accounts) that did not appear in earlier lives of St Francis by either Thomas of Celano or Julian of Speyer. One example of such an account was a Christmas meal at the Greccio. In the Assisi Compilation # 74, we find the following story: One day a minister of the brothers came to blessed Francis who was then staying in that same place [the hermitage at Greccio], in order to celebrate the feast of

God's Servant

2299 words - 10 pages St. Francis." The First Life of St. Francis. Indiana University, n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. Chesterton, G. K. St. Francis of Assisi. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2008. Print. "St. Francis of Assisi." - Saints & Angels. Catholic Online, n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. "St. Francis of Assisi Biography." A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. "St. Francis of Assisi." St. Francis of Assisi. Eternal Word Television Network, n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.

Similar Essays

St. Francis Of Assisi Essay

1177 words - 5 pages St. Francis of Assisi is a saint who inspires many. He was born in 1182, in Assisi, Italy. He had six other siblings, plus his mother and father, Peter and Pica. He is an inspiration to people everywhere, all over the world, showing what it was like to follow God’s path and to act in his image and likeness. In 1182, Peter di Bernardone returned to his wife, Pica de Bourlemont, discovering that she had given birth to a son, Francis, on

St. Francis Of Assisi Essay

2948 words - 12 pages St. Francis of Assisi was born in Umbria in the year 1182. He was a child every father hoped for, he was filled with life, a determined and courageous individual. He was gifted with rather good looks, qualities that attracted friends and a gift of leadership. His father was an extremely wealthy merchant in Assisi. But this son, his favourite, was the one who broke Peter Bernardone’s heart. The boy turned on his father, and in a vicious event

St Francis Of Assisi Essay

1573 words - 6 pages St Francis of Assisi Background Born in Assisi 1181. Real name Giovanni (John) Bernardone but nicknamed Francis (Frenchy). Father a wealthy cloth merchant. As a young man was a bit of a playboy – formed a band and played an early version of the guitar. Also known for his generosity – one day he was working at his father's stall in the market and gave all the takings to a beggar. Dreamed of military glory – joined the army and spent a year

Francis Of Assisi Essay

3046 words - 12 pages , piety, and joy. In all his actions, Francis sought to follow fully and literally the way of life demonstrated by Christ in the Gospels. My report is going to discuss the life and contributions of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis of Assisi lived about eight hundred years ago. He was born in the city of Assisi, Italy, in 1182. He was the son of Peter Bernardone (A wealthy merchant) and Madonna Pica. His father sold spices and fabrics and was often out