What do we really know about Saint Francis of Assisi? Much has been written about this medieval saint from Umbria in present-day central Italy. Yet the image we have of him does not always correspond to reality, as his fame is often linked to legends and texts that have no historical basis.
Francis was an exceptional man, as his own contemporaries testified. Too often, though, this emphasis has obscured his humanity. Francis immersed himself with all his heart in daily life because he was certain that the Son of God had become man to share our full human experience.
This was the central fact of Francis' life: He burned with love of God. This love was a boundless love that flowed from his fiery heart. He admitted that he could not explain such an abundance of love, except through the words of Jesus, who "came to cast fire upon the earth" (Lk 12:49).
The perennial relevance of Francis, even in our increasingly secular world, lies in the perennial newness of the Gospel. The Gospel always communicates Jesus Christ, who is beyond, always ahead of us, and never outdated. Francis' radical evangelism consistently reminds us of the absolute nature of the Gospel.
Author, speaker, and professor, Alan Schreck, PhD, offers a fascinating look at Saint Francis and Pope Francis, and what they each have to tell us about following Jesus.
Children will be delighted by this wonderfully illustrated book. Each of the twenty-four short stories tells of an event in the beloved saint's life. Along the way, children will learn about virtue, the Faith, and love of God and neighbor. Each story includes a prayer written for children, asking God to help them imitate St. Francis and grow in their own faith.
Children will be delighted with this beautiful set of cards that, when placed together, form a large illustration of Saint Francis of Assisi's life. Each flashcard-sized piece features an event in the great saint's life, while the reverse side tells a story and includes questions, Scripture, and an activity to help children learn to love Jesus like Saint Francis did. Saint Francis of Assisi Story Cards come in a handy storage box and are perfect for home, school, or parish use. These are sure to become every child's favorite story-time puzzle.
In these brief reflections Dr. Edward Sri explores the things that hold us back, how we can open ourselves to God's love, and the difference this can make to our joyful proclamation of the Gospel.