ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI: A MAN FOR OUR TIMES

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Contents

  1. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story
  2. A SAINT IN HIS OWN DAYS
  3. Home - St. Francis of Assisi, Orange, TX

He petitioned the Vatican for some help and thankfully got some papal representation to mediate the situation. Biographies can sometimes have a tendency to run a little dry, so I was thankful that Goudge took the "write it like a novel" approach to this work. She's not making anything up but the pace flows nicely in the style that a good novel would.

Still a solid bio though, I thought. The couple small issues I had with the writing: 1 It doesn't always feel like it flows in a perfectly chronological order. For instance, sometimes she would mention a person up to their death, but then try to go back and mention something else they did a few years before but write it in a way as if she hadn't just talked about their passing, almost like she remembered that she forgot and tried to slip it in there anyway. That got confusing in parts. To the point where I constantly found myself flipping back and forth thinking "wait, who are we talking about now?

I understand using the pronoun here and there for things like boats, vehicles, etc. FTC Disclaimer: Handlebar Publishing kindly sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own. Sep 30, Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing. A book was provided for my review. Sometimes religious history books can be a bit dry and difficult to follow — at least that has been my experience.

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Like a story, the author tells Saint Franc A book was provided for my review. She created this story based on her own research, and if you want, you can continue your reading about his life by looking at the list at the end of the book.

Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story

I love that Elizabeth Goudge wrote this so your average person could learn more about Saint Francis. Oct 07, Joshua Lawson rated it liked it Shelves: biography. An engaging story, powerful and well-written. If you can look past the legends about Francis and the undue adulation that is often ascribed to him by admirers, you will see a real man who followed in the footsteps of his Lord as few ever have.

Aug 06, Amanda Himes rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , non-fiction. Inspiring account of a man who denied himself and daily took up his cross to follow Christ.

My favorite stories from St. Francis' life: the savage and half-starved wolf he talked into leaving the townspeople alone, whose skeleton is buried in a cathedral in Italy; the widow Frangipani aka Brother Giacoma, whom Francis allowed to come in behind the hedge normally reserved only for the brothers of his order when he was dying to receive the wool shroud and almond cake she had made for him; also F Inspiring account of a man who denied himself and daily took up his cross to follow Christ. Francis' life: the savage and half-starved wolf he talked into leaving the townspeople alone, whose skeleton is buried in a cathedral in Italy; the widow Frangipani aka Brother Giacoma, whom Francis allowed to come in behind the hedge normally reserved only for the brothers of his order when he was dying to receive the wool shroud and almond cake she had made for him; also Francis' boldness in going to witness to the Muslim commander during a cease-fire in the Crusade battle for Damietta, in Egypt, who was so impressed that he gave Francis a free pass to see the pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land--usually Christians had to pay to see these.

The story of Francis sharing a meal with a leper, whose blood intermingled with the food they were eating, is gag-worthy and impressive in equal measure. Francis' countless nights of little sleep and much prayer are the cornerstones of his life's work, though, more than his healings, preaching, or even stigmata. Mar 08, Lucy Casey rated it it was amazing.

I had many preconceived notions about St Francis of Assisi, but this book changed them all.

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A SAINT IN HIS OWN DAYS

Now I feel like I know him intimately. I highly recommend this book! Apr 29, Tracey the Bookworm rated it it was amazing. As always, a wonderful book by a lovely lady. Very well researched. I have found myself reading a lot about saints this year and have enjoyed all of them. Francis of Assisi is a classic now brought back to life by Plough Publishing. Goudge, of course, is most remembered as an English novelist and children's writer.

Her Little White Horse was among my favorite stories as a little boy. So I was excited to see this biography of St. Francis come back into print. It takes a novelist's imagination to accomplish what Goudge gave us in My God and My All: She scours the academic writing and the primary sources, and brings a living, breathing saint to life -- someone whose revolutions, according to this book, saved the Church.

And I think she's right. Francis is among the saints -- those who are the "true makers" of our humanity, as Goudge puts it in the early pages of the book. His story is not only endearing; it is terrifying. His ordinary life is a life totally devoted to God, one in which he gave everything to God -- including the riches of his early life -- and in living in absolute poverty found a richness that can only be found in God's grace. So Francis is a challenge to us. That's what makes this story so "terrifying". Make no doubt about it, My God and My All is not a book you walk away from without being brought face-to-face with the question that Jesus asked of Francis: "Will you mend my Church?

Feb 15, Carmen Hinkey rated it it was amazing. Beautifully written, but then I'm a Goudge fan, and completely convicting at the same time. Sep 22, Mary rated it liked it. Goodreads giveaway review Let me preface this review with the note that I'm not Catholic. If I were, I may have given this sweet little book five stars. I read it as one might read a fairy tale based on real life, which is the tone in which it is written Historically, there aren't a lot of verifiable facts in the book as far as I could tell, but instead stories about Saint Francis that have been lovingly handed down through the gene Goodreads giveaway review Let me preface this review with the note that I'm not Catholic.

Historically, there aren't a lot of verifiable facts in the book as far as I could tell, but instead stories about Saint Francis that have been lovingly handed down through the generations as one would transmit oral history about an ancestor through a family; for that, I enjoyed it immensely. I read it mostly in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, and it was a gently reassuring book that soothed my heart and mind to rest.

Sep 24, Joan rated it really liked it. This is a classic biography of St. Francis of Assisi, originally published over fifty years ago. Like many, I had heard of the man but knew little about him. I liked Goudge's account of his life. Her research was extensive as she writes like we are there. Francis thought that one could not be a true follower of Christ without in some way living in poverty. It was interesting to read of his odd to us behavior of giving away everything.

He talked to a wolf and convinced it to live in harmony wit This is a classic biography of St. He was expected to follow his father into the textile business, but the thought of that life bored him. He dreamed of a future as a knight—in effect, a medieval action hero.


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So by he had joined a militia to fight for Assisi in its war with Perugia, an Italian province, The Assisi forces lost, and Francis was captured. By his dress and equipment, his captors knew Francis was from a wealthy family and was worth a ransom, so they let him live. A year later his ransom was paid; in the interim, as he later reported, he began receiving visions from God. After returning home, he came across a leper in the country. Instead of ignoring him, Francis, changed by his experience as a captive, embraced and kissed the man and was filled with sensations of sweetness and joy.

Francis became convinced that God wanted him to help poor people, so he abandoned his possessions. Despite his vow of poverty, Francis needed money to rebuild the church, so he sold some of his father's cloth and a horse. His father took him before the local bishop, who told Francis to return his father's money. Francis stripped off his clothes and gave them and the money to his father, saying God was now his father. This event is credited as Francis' final conversion. The bishop gave Francis a rough tunic, and dressed in these humble clothes, he began his work.

He prayed that God would perform miracles through him. Another time, three robbers stole food and drink from Francis' community. Moved by Francis' actions, the robbers joined his order and spent their lives giving instead of taking from people. One cannot fail to mention here that it was just from this magnificent trunk of Franciscan spirituality that the blessed Maximilian Kolbe came, a special patron in our difficult times.

Home - St. Francis of Assisi, Orange, TX

I cannot pass over in silence the fact that just here, in Assisi, in this Basilica, in the year , Pope Innocent IV proclaimed saint the Bishop of Krakow, the Martyr Stanislaus, now the Patron Saint of Poland, whose unworthy successor I was until a short time ago. Today, therefore, setting foot here for the first time as Pope, at the sources of this great breath of the Spirit, of this marvellous revival of the Church and of Christianity in the thirteenth century, linked with the figure of St Francis of Assisi, my heart opens to our Patron Saint and cries:.

You, who brought Christ so close to your age, help us to bring Christ close to our age, to our difficult and critical times. Help us! These times are waiting for Christ with great anxiety, although many men of our age are not aware of it. We are approaching the year A. Will they not be times that will prepare us for a rebirth of Christ, for a new Coming? Every day, we express in the eucharistic prayer our expectation, addressed to him alone, our Redeemer and Saviour, to him who is the fulfilment of the history of man and of the world. You, who bore in your heart the vicissitudes of your contemporaries, help us, with our heart close to the Redeemer's heart, to embrace the events of the men of our time.

The difficult social, economic and political problems, the problems of culture and contemporary civilization, all the sufferings of the man of today, his doubts, his denials his disorders, his tensions, his complexes, his worries Help us to express all this in the simple and fruitful language of the Gospel. Hell us to solve everything in an evangelical key, in order that Christ himself may be "the Way. And he hopes that you will not refuse him it, that you will help him. You have always been kind and you have always hastened to bring help to all those who appealed to you.

A greeting and special thanks to the Ministers General of the four Franciscan Families, to the Community of the Basilica of St Francis, to all Franciscans, and to all religious Families.