For it is in the Giving that We receive




Perle_Gattes | Follow ~ Portland, OR


St. Francis is known for his ministry to the poor and underprivileged, his care for nature and animals, and founding the Franciscan order. The son of an affluent cloth merchant, St. Francis of Assisi lived in wealth and ease until God used a meeting with a leper to change his heart.

He was inspired to lead a life of poverty as an itinerant preacher. One of the most venerated figures in Christianity, he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228.



Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is sadness, joy;
where there is darkness, light.

O Divine one, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
not so much to be understood, as to understand;
not so much to be loved, as to love.


For it is in the giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.