The Life of St. Francis of Assisi

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"Francis, go and build up my house, which as thou seest, is falling into ruin" To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many men and women to conversion and a deeper faith. Others joined with him in serving God and the poor; thus began the Franciscan Order.

Never ordained to the priesthood, St. Francis nonetheless was a preacher of great renown ...

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Overview

"Francis, go and build up my house, which as thou seest, is falling into ruin" To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many men and women to conversion and a deeper faith. Others joined with him in serving God and the poor; thus began the Franciscan Order.

Never ordained to the priesthood, St. Francis nonetheless was a preacher of great renown and a miracle-worker of the first order-curing, prophesying, casting out devils, turning water into wine, and raising people form the dead. Indeed, though not arranged in typical biographical form, The Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure conveys a picture of the saint through his miracles, his sayings, and his holy life that renders an indelible impression of a man totally transformed in God and by God.

Legend states that when very young, this Saint was cured of an illness through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, who gave him his name, "O bona ventura" - "O good fortune. " St. Bonaventure's life was so pure that it was said that he seemed not to have inherited Original Sin. He became a Franciscan, served as Minister General, and is considered the Order's second founder. He worked to systematize Augustinian theology, was the advisor of St. Louis, King of France, and received the doctorate in theology along with St. Thomas Aquinas is 1257. Though he tried to avoid it, he was eventually made a Cardinal. St. Bonaventure died while attending the Council of Lyons, where he played an important role in reuniting the Eastern churches with Rome. He wrote many treatises, biblical commentaries, and sermons, and the official Franciscan biography of St. Francis of Assisi. He is known as the "Seraphic Doctor".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895551511
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press /Tan Books Publishers Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 506,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition vii

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 Of the Manner of Life of St. Francis whilst he yet wore the Secular Habit 1

Chapter 2 Of the perfect Conversion of St. Francis to God and how he Restored Three Churches 7

Chapter 3 Of the Institution of the Order and the Approbation of the Rule of St. Francis 15

Chapter 4 Of the Increase of his Order and of the Confirmation of the Rule already approved 23

Chapter 5 Of the Austerity of his life and how all Creatures gave him Joy and Consolation 33

Chapter 6 Of his Humility and Obedience and how the Divine Majesty granted all his Prayers 43

Chapter 7 Of his Love of Poverty and the wonderful Provision made for all his Wants by God 53

Chapter 8 Of his tender Piety and how even Creatures devoid of Reason were obedient to his Will 63

Chapter 9 Of the Fervor of his Charity and of his Desire of Martyrdom 73

Chapter 10 Of his Fervor and Diligence in Prayer 81

Chapter 11 Of his Knowledge of Holy Scripture and of his Spirit of Prophecy 87

Chapter 12 Of the Efficacy of his Preaching and of his Gift of Healing 97

Chapter 13 Of the Sacred Stigmata 107

Chapter 14 Of his Patience and of his Death 115

Chapter 15 Of his Canonization and Translation 121

Chapter 16 Of Certain Miracles Wrought After His Death 127

First, by the Power of the Sacred Stigmata 127

Of Many Dead who were Raised to Life 133

Of Many he delivered from the Danger of Death 138

Of Many who were Delivered from Shipwreck 143

Of Many that were Delivered from Chains and Dungeons 146

Of Many Women who were Delivered from the Danger of Childbirth 149

Of Many Blind who were Restored to Sight 152

Of Many who were Delivered from Divers Infirmities 155

Of Some who Observed not the Saint's Festival and paid him not his Due 158

Of Many Miracles of Various Kinds 160

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