This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Story Of Saint Francis Of Assissi

1230 words - 5 pages

Emily Hodgson
Mrs. Villarreal
Grammar 6P
28 April 2014
The Story of Saint Francis of Assisi
Many people are familiar with or have traveled to San Francisco, a major city in California, but there is a story behind the city name; the story of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. The origin of the word San Francisco is Saint Francis, meaning that the city was named after this great saint.
Long ago, in the year of 1181, a baby boy was born on the outskirts of Assisi, Italy. There is a legend that this boy, who we know as Francis, was actually born in a stable with animals, like Jesus. The baby’s father, Peter Bernadone, had such great experiences in France and loved it so much that he named his son Francis, after the country (Hefferman 167).
As a child, Francis, was a very bad boy. He did not always lead a good, faith filled life. Some said he was rude, spoiled, and inappropriate (Welborn 206). It was not until God became a place in his heart that he became the saint-like person we look up to today.
In Francis’ early twenties, he took part in a war between Assisi and Perugia. At one major battle, Assisi had many casualties, and all who survived the attack were taken prisoner by the opposing soldiers. It was the time in which Francis needed the most help, guidance, and hope that God came to Francis. One day Francis started to have visions about the Lord. God called Francis and cried, “Go, Francis, and repair my house, for which as you see is falling into ruin” (Robinson). At first, Francis believed that God meant for him to build a new church to replace the one that was falling down, so when Francis was released from prison, he built a new church. Again, God called upon Francis, “Go Francis, and repair my house, for which as you see is falling into ruin” (Robinson). But this time, Francis understood what God intended for him to do. Francis’ vocation was to bring people back to the faith, for people those days were lacking in the faith. By showing acts of kindness, selflessness, and generosity, Francis believed others would see the face of Christ in him.
Francis was inspired to perform his vocation for the rest of his life. He bravely changed his life around for God. He devoted his entire life to God and others, and became Christ like through his actions towards others. Francis gave up all of his wealth to the poor, and lived himself among the poor. Also, he spent many years caring for the lepers and the sick, and would say, “When one serves the poor, he serves Christ Himself” (Lovasik 91). Francis traveled to other small parishes to preach to the members, and carried out the Word of God. He even founded the Franciscan Order, (Grimm) and with the help of Saint Clare, founded the order called the Poor Clares (Lovasik 91). Francis went from being a wealthy and rude teen to a kind, caring, and loving saint as we know it.
The reason many prayer cards have pictures of animals near Francis is because he blessed...

Find Another Essay On The Story of Saint Francis of Assissi

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

2320 words - 9 pages tradition among their followers and congregations. These new orders instituted by Saint Francis and Saint Dominic and their emulators maintained and propagated the faith among the souls of men and the social intuitions throughout the empire. These perceptive directions of work redeeming Christian captives were also produced in Saint Thomas Aquinas’s “Summa Theologica”. He was the prince of Christian doctors and moralists, whom faith considers as

A Comparative Study of the Lives of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

1197 words - 5 pages Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) though they were not Contemporaries and were born into different countries and both had very different approaches in their responses to God's call. However, each are credited with the rebuilding of Christ's church on a large scale. Saint Francis was born in Italy to a wealthy family of silk merchants almost thirty years after Saint Bernard's death. Saint Bernard

The story of Saint Catherine Laboure

1221 words - 5 pages The story of Saint Catherine Laboure Saint Catherine personally worked no miracles, nor did she practice externally heroic charity like other great saints. She sprang from upper middle class parents among the meadows and vineyards of Burgundy, France. Her father was an educated man and an excellent farmer living in the village of Fain-les-Moutiers not far from DiJon. Her sanctity consists in half a century of faithful service as a simple

Saint Francis : Living By The Gospel

1322 words - 6 pages Emerode Barthelemy 11/22/14 Per 3 ­ Base 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

Sharing the Story of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Essay for Confirmation

376 words - 2 pages I chose Saint Elizabeth of Hungary because she was very selfless and kind. I also like the name Elizabeth. Saint Elizabeth was born in 1207 and died in 1231. She was born into a very wealthy family. She married at the age of 13 to Prince Louis of Thuringa. She had four children. Each day in the morning and evening she would tend to the sick, hungry and the poor. She spent all her own money to help the poor, sick and hungry. She became a saint on

The Life of Saint Ignatius

1972 words - 8 pages Saint Ignatius’s life was from 1491-1556. He was born to Beltran de Onaz Loyola and Dona Marina Sanchez de Licona they were married in 1467. Ingnatuis father died when he was sixteen years of age, and there was no record of his mother’s birth or death. It is not known if Saint Ignatius ever saw or knew his mother. The reason for that belief was because he was nursed by a common woman who lived in one of the villages and her name was Maria Garin

The Life of Saint Birgitta

1510 words - 6 pages who was made a saint and the only woman to start her own monastic order that is still relevant today (Morris 1). Saint Brigitta overcame the limitations placed on women of this era by turning toward religion. By proving her piety and “on the basis of an acknowledged sanctity and a theocratic equality, she was able to communicate effectively with emperors and popes, kings and bishops, women and men, children and servants” ("Birger Gregersson and

The Church of Saint Raymond

1083 words - 5 pages The religious site that I chose for my course assignment is the Church of Saint Raymond, a historical landmark. One could say that it definitely stands out boldly in the neighborhood that its located in which is the Castle Hill/ Parkchester proper in the Bronx. Growing up I frequently visited the church and was always astounded by its massive size and incredible architecture. Compared to the dimly lit parish of Santa Maria, which always smelled

Analysis of The Saint-Chappelle

1360 words - 5 pages architecture that would dominate Europe cathedrals far into the future. The Saint-Chappelle, a Gothic Style cathedral commissioned by Louis IX, represents the rise of a changed church as it uses reason and logic found in scholasticism to create beautiful pieces of architecture. The Saint-Chappelle was influenced by the first Gothic Church, built between 1132 and 1144, which was the St. Dennis Abbey near Paris (Anderson 12). The Saint- Chappelle was

The Influence of Francis Bacon

1458 words - 6 pages All modern essay writing owes its beginnings to Sir Francis Bacon, who is also known as the father of the English essay. He created the formal essay using his own simple, yet complex style by proving a point. He was also the first writer to publish a collection of essays, which were so unique that its form became a genre in literature. Bacon’s influential works were vastly impacted by the tenets of the Renaissance period. Even Thomas Jefferson

The Teaching of Saint Gregory

1155 words - 5 pages A. “The Teaching of Saint Gregory” contains many theologically concepts as God and Creation, Christology, human Sin and salvation, eschatology and resurrection. Owing to the limited space, I will only explore some key elements which I think are worthy to be discussed. First, Gregory depicts the God’s attributes – it begins with the faith of Trinity- God created the world and humankind, the Son saved humankind and the Spirit sustained the

Similar Essays

Biography Of Saint Francis Of Assissi

3426 words - 14 pages Biography of Saint Francis of Assissi 1. Birth Saint Francis was born Giovanni Bernadone in either 1181 or 1182 in the Italian hill town of Assisi. His parents, Pietro and Pica, were members of the rather well-to-do merchant class of the town. Pioetro Bernadone was away in France when his son was born. On his return, he had the boy's name changed from Giovanni to Franceso (“The Little Frenchman”-perhaps a tribute to France, a

The Life Of Saint Francis Essay

671 words - 3 pages understand. He gained many followers who loved his point of view and even started preaching to animals. Since he preached to animals many called him a fool. St. Francis received a vision in 1224 that left him with the stigmata of Christ (the marks resembling the wounds on Jesus when he was crucified). This made Francis the first person ever to receive them. St. Francis’ health declined quickly and many already considered him a saint even while he

Saint Francis Of Assisi Essay

1483 words - 6 pages Saint Francis of Assisi was a uniquely spiritual man who gave up a life of wealth and position to lead a life of poverty in accordance and service to God. Embracing a life according to the Gospels, Francis went on to establish a Monastic Order, known as the Franciscans. In the midst of the political climate within the religious community of Italy, Francis emerged a champion for the poor and sick, with humility and no regard for himself

The Cathedral Of Saint Francis De Sales

3046 words - 12 pages wonders. Thus, we the architects have put together this detailed synopsis to allow worshipers to appreciate every aspect and feature of The Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales. We decided that the Cathedral should be named after Saint Francis de Sales because he is an important and instrumental figure in religious history. Saint Francis spread his ideas and thoughts for everyone, rich or poor, to understand. He understood that it does not