Saint Francis of Assisi is celebrated every year on October 4th. Mentor, philosopher, Catholic monk and poet of the 12th century was born in 1182. For his services to the revival of Catholicism, he was canonized as a saint. It is noteworthy that before plunging into the faith, Francis bathed in luxury, secular entertainment and was a real ringleader in the company.
None of Francis’ relatives imagined that his hometown of Assisi, located in the Italian province of Umbria, would become a place of pilgrimage for believers and tourists. The young man did not think too much about the pressing, he was carefree and cheerful. His father took him to help him in his shop and made the right choice – the guy knew how to lure customers and profitably sell goods.
According to legend, one incident changed everything: a beggar entered the shop and asked for money, Francis scolded him and drove him away. At that moment he wondered how he would serve this man if he were rich. The guy became bitter from his behavior, he caught up with the beggar, apologized and gave him money. Then there was a war between the cities of Assisi and Perugio, and the future monk went to the front. He participated in the battles, then was taken prisoner, became seriously ill, but even here he continued to cheer up those around him and maintain his fortitude.
When Francis returned, he indulged in thoughts and prayers – the former wild life ceased to interest. His story is full of interesting moments that led him to God. In the city where he was born, oil lamps are always lit on this day and religious services are held.
- he could speak the language of animals – people were convinced of this;
- before his death he received stigmata on his arms and legs;
- was one of 7 children in the family.
How to celebrate
Read about the life and achievements of the saint, share knowledge with loved ones. Take care of animals – Francis became their patron and taught others to be merciful. Attend a mass – the service will honor the memory of the great saint.
When is Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in 2022?
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is observed on October 4 each year.