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The Living Waters Catholic Prayer Book

The Living Waters Catholic Prayer Book

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The Living Waters Catholic Prayer Book
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Some Basic Facts

Date of Birth
1182

Date of Death
October 4, 1226

Feast Day
October 4

Patron Saint of:
Ecologists

Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of
your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love.
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light.
O, divine Master,
grant that I may not seek
so much 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.
And it is in dying
That we are born to eternal life.
Amen

Biography

About 800 years ago in Italy, Saint Francis was
born into a wealthy family and enjoyed all the
comforts and pleasures of life and wore the
designer clothes of that time. As a teenager,
Francis became a soldier, but he was captured
in war and suffered serious illness. While he
was sick, Francis felt that God was calling him
to live as Jesus did. So the young man chose
to listen to God. He began to visit the sick in
hospitals and to help the poor. He even began
to wear clothes like the poor and to help repair
church buildings. His father got angry, called
him a ‘madman’, and disinherited him.

St. Francis believed that all the things God
created are like our brothers and sisters.
Animals loved him and he addressed the sun,
moon and stars as his brothers and sisters.

Once, while he was praying, St. Francis had a
vision of Jesus hanging on the cross. He
wanted so badly to be like Jesus, that stigmata
– the marks of Jesus’ five wounds – appeared
on his hands and feet and remained there all
his life.

Other men began to follow his example, and
soon St. Francis was given permission by the
pope to start a new religious order called the
Franciscans. 800 years later, there still are
Franciscan priests and monks.

Quote

“What are the servants of God but singers whose duty it is
to lift up hearts and move them to spiritual joy?”

St. Francis of Assisi

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