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1:What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
2:It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
3:Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
4:You have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
5:For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
6:O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi, [T5],
7:Our hands imbibe like roots,
so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.
And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens, light. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
8: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 darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
9:It is the devil's greatest triumph when he can deprive us of the joy of the Spirit. He carries fine dust with him in little boxes and scatters it through the cracks in our conscience in order to dim the soul's pure impulses and its luster. But the joy that fills the heart of the spiritual person destroys the deadly poison of the serpent. But if any are gloomy and think that they are abandoned in their sorrow, gloominess will continuously tear at them or else they will waste away in empty diversions. When gloominess takes root, evil grows. If it is not dissolved by tears, permanent damage is done. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,

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1:Water is the mirror of nature. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
2:Gold hath no lustre of its own. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
3:Make me an instrument of thy peace. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
4:For it is in giving that we receive. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
5:Don't change the world, change worlds. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
6:The journey is essential to the dream. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
7:Preach always. If necessary, use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
8:Preach always. Use words if necessary. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
9:Where there is injury let me sow pardon. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
10:Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
11:I have sinned against my brother the ass. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
12:Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
13:Who we are looking for is who is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
14:Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
15:Spread the Gospel. If necessary, use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
16:What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
17:What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
18:What you are looking for is what is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
19:Where there is darkness, let there be light. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
20:Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
21:The brave unfortunate are our best acquaintance. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
22:A man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
23:And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
24:Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
25:A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
26:The one you are looking for is the one who is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
27:What each man is in Your eyes, thus he is, and no more. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
28:Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
29:We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
30:When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
31:Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
32:Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
33:You wanderer on the path! There is no path, only wandering”. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
34:Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
35:Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words! ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
36:The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
37:Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
38:Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
39:Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
40:Preach the Gospels everyday & only if you have to...use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
41:Preach the gospel wherever you can; when all else fails use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
42:The world is a great stage on which God displays his many wonders. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
43:True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
44:All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
45:He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
46:I’ve had the sort of day that would make Saint Francis of Assisi kick babies. ~ Douglas Adams
47:The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
48:Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
49:The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
50:Don't canonize me too soon. I'm perfectly capable of fathering a child. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
51:Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
52:Go into all the world and preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
53:Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
54:You should never praise anyone until you see how he turns out in the end! ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
55:You damned spirits! You can only do what the hand of God allows you to do. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
56:It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
57:All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
58:Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
59:Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
60:There is no use in walking anywhere to preach if your walking isn't your preaching. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
61:Tuhan...tolonglah kami, agar berusaha lebih keras untuk memahami daripada dipahami. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
62:I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
63:I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
64:You can show your love to others by not wishing that they should be better Christians. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
65:It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
66:It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
67:Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
68:First do the necessary, then do the feasible, then you will be able to achieve the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
69:Praised be my Lord, for our sister water.

St. Francis of Assisi,
Canticle of the Sun ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
70:All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi pic: @gede_prama :
71:There is absolutely no man in the whole world who can possess one among you unless he first die. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
72:Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
73:Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
74:Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
75:Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
76:Start doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
77:When I think of the happiness that is in store for me, every sorrow, every pain becomes dear to me. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
78:It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn't give to someone in greater need than we are. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
79:Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
80:Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
81:While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
82:What is it that stands higher than words? Action. What is it that stands higher than action? Silence. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
83:Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
84:A man sins who wishes to receive more from his neighbor than he is himself willing to give to the Lord God. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
85:Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over ~ Pope Francis
86:Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
87:A promise is a child of the understanding and the will; the understanding begets it, the will brings it forth. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
88:Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. —Saint Francis of Assisi ~ David Allen
89:By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man's heart and make a dwelling for himself there. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
90:...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
91:Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Saint Francis of Assisi ~ Joyce Meyer
92:Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
93:Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
94:Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ~ Ian Morgan Cron
95:We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
96:Be praised, O my Lord by Brother Wind, By air and cloud and every clime To whom Thou givest sustenance unto their kind. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
97:Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible. SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ~ Ian Morgan Cron
98:You have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
99:No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
100:Cominciate col fare ciò che è necessario, poi ciò che è possibile. E all'improvviso vi sorprenderete a fare l'impossibile. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
101:Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
102:Study always to have Joy, for it befits not the servant of God to show before his brother or another sadness or a troubled face. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
103:God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
104:For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
105:It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
106:Here is one of the best means to acquire humility; fix well in mind this maxim: One is as much as he is in the sight of God, and no more. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
107:Dear God, please reveal to us your sublime beauty, that is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, so that we will never again feel frightened. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
108:Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
109:Everything in man should halt in awe...Let all the world quake and let Heaven exult when Christ the Son of the living God is there on the altar. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
110:Our hands imbibe like roots, so i place them on what is beautiful in this world. And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens light ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
111:Man should tremble, the world should vibrate, all heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
112:Be Thou praised, my Lord, of our Sister Mother Earth, which sustains and hath us in rule, and produces divers fruits with coloured flowers and herbs. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
113:O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi, [T5],
114:If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
115:We adore Thee most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here in all Thy Churches, which are in the whole world, because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
116:Our hands imbibe like roots,
so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.
And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens, light. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
117:If we endure all things patiently and with gladness, thinking on the sufferings of our Blessed Lord, and bearing all for the love of Him: herein is perfect joy. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
118:If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
119:You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
120:What could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can't starve a fasting man, you can't steal from someone who has no money, you can't ruin someone who hates prestige. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
121:195. "God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me a right faith, a sure hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out your holy command. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
122:Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
123:Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
124:Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
125:Be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
126:He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
127:A man who works with his hands is a labourer. A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. A man who works with his haands, his head, and his heart is an artist. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
128:To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush, and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond... You - what have you done? ~ Josemaria Escriva
129:Holy obedience confounds all bodily and fleshly desires and keeps the body mortified to the obedience of the spirit and to the obedience of one's brother and makes a man subject to all the ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
130:All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. ... God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
131:Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
132:We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen away, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ's disciples. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
133:St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day. "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
134:What does the poor man do at the rich man's door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
135:And St. Francis said: 'My dear son, be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
136:I thought of a Saint Francis of Assisi quote. He said, “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~ Ken Ilgunas
137:We should have no more use or regard for money in any of its forms than we have for dust. Those who think it is worth more, or who are greedy for it, expose themselves to the danger of being deceived by the Devil. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
138:Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no better when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, simple, and despicable; for what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
139:The tree of love its roots hath spread Deep in my heart, and rears its head; Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense; Transport the heart, and ravish sense. In love's sweet swoon to thee I cleave, Bless'd source of love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
140:Pleased be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendours and bears likeness of you, Most High One. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
141:Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no more highly when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, foolish, and to be despised; since what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
142:Do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come. Give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. . . Blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven! ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
143:What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
144:Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
145:May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
146:I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence and honor for the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things, whether on earth or in heaven, have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
147: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 darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.
   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
148:God could not have chosen anyone less qualified, or more of a sinner, than myself. And so, for this wonderful work He intends to perform through us, He selected me- for God always chooses the weak and the absurd, and those who count for nothing. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
149:Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
150:Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
151:O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled, as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
152:O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
153:The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
154:Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
155:We should all realize that no matter where or how a man dies, if he is in the state of mortal sin and does not repent, when he could have done so and did not, the Devil tears his soul from his body with such anguish and distress that only a person who has experienced it can appreciate it. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
156:It is good to read the testimonies of Scripture; it is good to seek the Lord our God in them. As for me, however, I have already made so much of Scripture my own that I have more than enough to meditate on and turn over in my mind. I need no more . .. I know Christ, the poor crucified One. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
157:The vocation of being a 'protector' [. . .] means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us [. . .] In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts! ~ Pope Francis
158:I therefore command all my Brothers, those living now and those to come in the future, to venerate the Holy Mother of God, whom we always implore to be our Protectress, to praise her at all times, in all circumstances of life, with all the means in their power and with the greatest devotion and submission. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
159:Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
160:Most high, glorious God, let your light fill the shadows of my heart and grant me, Lord, true faith, certain hope, perfect love, awareness and knowing, that I may fulfill Your holy will. [2597.jpg] -- from Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey, by Ivan M. Granger

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, The Prayer Before the Crucifix

161:Such was the will of the Father that his Son, blessed and glorious, whom he gave to us, and who was born for us, should by his own blood, sacrifice, and oblation, offer himself on the altar of the cross, not for himself, by whom "all things were made," but for our sins, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
162:What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation ...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
163:Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in His sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received, but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
164:And in any preaching you do, admonish the people concerning repentance, and that nobody can be saved except he who receives the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord. And when It is sacrificed on the altar by the priest or borne anywhere, let all the people on bended knees render praise, glory and honor to the True and Living Lord God. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
165:Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received...but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
166:I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the most holy Sacrament. I love You and desire You. Come into my heart. I embrace You. Oh, never leave me. May the burning and most sweet power of Your love, O Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through love of Your love, Who were graciously pleased to die through love of my love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
167:The Lord called me by the way of simplicity and humility, and this way He hath shown me in truth for me and those who will believe and imitate me. And therefore I would that ye name not to me any rule, neither of St. Augustine, nor St. Benedict, nor of Bernard, nor any way or form of living, but that which was mercifully shown and given me by the Lord. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
168:As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence, we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
169:The power of the Bible is most evident in its ability to change lives. It can transform a wealthy Italian playboy into a saint (Saint Francis of Assisi). By its amazing grace, it can transform a debauching, murderous slave trader into a humble abolitionist (John Newton). It can transfigure prostitutes into women of virtue, cowards into rocks of the church, and the proud into the meek. ~ Anonymous
170:Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
171:As for the spirit of poverty, I do not remember any moment when it was not in me, although only to that unhappily small extent compatible with my imperfection. I fell in love with Saint Francis of Assisi as soon as I came to know about him. I always believed and hoped that one day Fate would force upon me the condition of a vagabond and a beggar which he embraced freely. Actually I felt the same way about prison. ~ Simone Weil
172:One can look at a plumber, a labourer, and say without a great sense of irony, 'He is a man, capable of the same heroism as Admiral Nelson or Saint Francis of Assisi.' But no one looks at a woman and says, 'She is a woman, she is capable of the same heroism as Lady Godiva or Anne Askew.' Our heroines are separated from us. So instead of trying to make Man accept us as daughters of heroism, we must raise all women to the level of heroines. ~ Kerry Greenwood
173:Nothing can tend so much to humble us before the mercy and justice of God as the consideration of His benefits and our own sins. Let us, then, consider what He has done for us, and what we have done against Him; let us call to mind our sins in detail, and His gracious benefits in like manner, remembering that whatever there is of good in us is not ours, but His, and then we need not be afraid of vainglory or of taking complacency in ourselves. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
174:For One in such a lofty position to stoop so low is a marvel that is staggering. What sublime humility and humble sublimeness, that the Lord of the Universe, the Divine Son of God, should stoop as to hide Himself under the appearance of bread for our salvation! Behold the humble way of God, my brothers. Therefore, do not hold yourselves to be anything of yourselves, so that you may be entirely acceptable to One Who gives Himself entirely to you. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
175:Lord, make me an instrument of your 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 darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
176:Instrument of Your Peace Lord, make me an instrument of your 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 darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
177:Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
178: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 darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

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

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
179:And just as He appeared before the holy Apostles in true flesh, so now He has us see Him in the Sacred Bread. Looking at Him with the eyes of their flesh, they saw only His Flesh, but regarding Him with the eyes of the spirit, they believed that He was God. In like manner, as we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, let us see and believe firmly that it is His Most Holy Body and Blood, True and Living.For in this way our Lord is ever present among those who believe in him, according to what He said: "Behold, I am with you all days even to the consummation of the world." ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
180:It is the devil's greatest triumph when he can deprive us of the joy of the Spirit. He carries fine dust with him in little boxes and scatters it through the cracks in our conscience in order to dim the soul's pure impulses and its luster. But the joy that fills the heart of the spiritual person destroys the deadly poison of the serpent. But if any are gloomy and think that they are abandoned in their sorrow, gloominess will continuously tear at them or else they will waste away in empty diversions. When gloominess takes root, evil grows. If it is not dissolved by tears, permanent damage is done. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
181:It is the devil's greatest triumph when he can deprive us of the joy of the Spirit. He carries fine dust with him in little boxes and scatters it through the cracks in our conscience in order to dim the soul's pure impulses and its luster. But the joy that fills the heart of the spiritual person destroys the deadly poison of the serpent. But if any are gloomy and think that they are abandoned in their sorrow, gloominess will continuously tear at them or else they will waste away in empty diversions. When gloominess takes root, evil grows. If it is not dissolved by tears, permanent damage is done. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
182:Lord, make a channel of Thy peace that, where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that, where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that, where there is error, I may bring truth; that, where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that, where there is despair, I may bring hope; that, where there are shadows, I may bring light; that, where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood; to love than to be loved; for it is by forgetting self that one finds; it is forgiving that one is forgiven; it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
183:Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance. Where there is poverty with joy, there is neither covetousness nor avarice. Where there is inner peace and meditation, there is neither anxiousness nor dissipation. Where there is fear of the Lord to guard the house, there the enemy cannot gain entry. Where there is mercy and discernment, there is neither excess nor hardness of heart. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, How Virtue Drives Out Vice

184:Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God, grant us in our misery to do for You alone what we know You want us to do, and always to desire what pleases You. Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God all-powerful forever and ever. Amen [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, Prayer from A Letter to the Entire Order

185:And St. Francis added: "My dear and beloved Brother, the treasure of blessed poverty is so very precious and divine that we are not worthy to possess it in our vile bodies. For poverty is that heavenly virtue by which all earthy and transitory things are trodden under foot, and by which every obstacle is removed from the soul so that it may freely enter into union with the eternal Lord God. It is also the virtue which makes the soul, while still here on earth, converse with the angels in Heaven. It is she who accompanied Christ on the Cross, was buried with Christ in the Tomb, and with Christ was raised and ascended into Heaven, for even in this life she gives to souls who love her the ability to fly to Heaven, and she alone guards the armor of true humility and charity. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
186:Listen, little poor ones called by the Lord, who have come together from many parts and provinces: Live always in truth, that you may die in obedience. Do not look at the life outside, for that of the Spirit is better. I beg you through great love, to use with discretion the alms which the Lord gives you. Those who are weighed down by sickness and the others who are wearied because of them, all of you: bear it in peace. For you will sell this fatigue at a very high price and each one of you will be crowned queen in heaven with the Virgin Mary. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, Exhortation to St. Clare and Her Sisters

187:Let the whole of mankind tremble the whole world shake and the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is on the altar in the hands of a priest. O admirable heights and sublime lowliness! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under the little form of bread! Look, brothers, at the humility of God and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves, as well, that you may be exalted by Him. Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, Let the whole of mankind tremble

188:You are holy, Lord, the only God, You do wonders. You are strong, You are great, You are the most high, You are the almighty King. You, Holy Father, the King of heaven and earth. You are Three and One, Lord God of gods; You are good, all good, the highest good, Lord, God, living and true. You are love, charity. You are wisdom; You are humility; You are patience; You are beauty; You are meekness; You are security; You are inner peace; You are joy; You are our hope and joy; You are justice; You are moderation, You are all our riches. You are beauty, You are meekness; You are the protector, You are the guardian and defender; You are strength; You are refreshment. You are our hope, You are our faith, You are our charity, You are all our sweetness, You are our eternal life: Great and wonderful Lord, God almighty, Merciful Savior. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, The Praises of God

189:Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for they will be crowned. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
190:We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. Jesus, most innocent, who neither did nor could commit a sin, was condemned to death, and moreover, to the most ignominious death of the cross. To remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivered Him into the hands of His enemies. A fearful crime – to condemn Innocence to death, and to offend God in order not to displease men! O innocent Jesus, having sinned, I am guilty of eternal death, but You willingly accept the unjust sentence of death, that I might live. For whom, then, shall I live, if not for You, my Lord? Should I desire to please men, I could not be Your servant. Let me, therefore, rather displease men and all the world, than not please You, O Jesus. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified, have mercy on us! The Second Station Jesus is made to carry His Cross ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
191:Therefore let us desire nothing else let us wish for nothing else let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator and Redeemer and Savior, the one true God, Who is the Fullness of Good all good, every good, the true and supreme good Who alone is Good merciful and gentle delectable and sweet Who alone is holy just and true holy and right Who alone is kind innocent pure from Whom and through Whom and in Whom is all pardon all grace all glory of all the penitent and the just of all the blessed who rejoice together in heaven. Therefore let nothing hinder us nothing separate us or nothing come between us. Let all of us wherever we are in every place at every hour at every time of day everyday and continually believe truly and humbly and keep in our heart and love, honor, adore,serve praise and bless glorify and exalt magnify and give thanks to the most high and supreme eternal God Trinity and Unity the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit Creator of all Savior of all who believe in Him and hope in Him and love Him Who is without beginning and without end unchangeable, invisible, indescribable, ineffable, incomprehensible, unfathomable, blessed, worthy of praise, glorious, exalted on high, sublime, most high, gentle, lovable, delectable and totally desirable above all else forever. Amen. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, Let us desire nothing else

192:Hail, Queen Wisdom, may the Lord protect you with your sister, holy pure Simplicity. Lady, holy Poverty, may the Lord protect you with your sister, holy Humility. Lady, holy Charity, may the Lord protect you with your sister, holy Obedience. O most holy Virtues, may the Lord protect all of you, from Whom you come and proceed. There is surely no one in the entire world who can possess any one of you unless he dies first. Whoever possesses one of you and does not offend the others, possesses all. And each one destroys vices and sins. Holy Wisdom destroys Satan and all his subtlety. Pure holy Simplicity destroys all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the body. Holy Poverty destroys the desire of riches and avarice and the cares of this world. Holy Humility destroys pride and all the people who are in the world and all the things that belong to the world. Holy Charity destroys every temptation of the devil and of the flesh and every carnal fear. Holy Obedience destroys every wish of the body and of the flesh and binds its mortified body to obedience of the Spirit and to obedience of one's brother and the person who possesses her is subject and submissive to all persons in the world and not to man only but even to all beasts and wild animals so that they may do whatever they want with him inasmuch as it has been given to them from above by the Lord. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, The Salutation of the Virtues

193:My Lord most high, all-powerful, all-good, Celebration, light, and all sweet blessings are yours, yours alone. No man speaks who can speak your Name. Praise to you, my Lord, and to all beings of your creation! Praise especially to brother sun, who fills the day with light -- through whom you shine! Beautiful and bright, magnificent with splendor, He shows us your Face. Praise to my Lord for sister moon and for the stars. You have formed them in the firmament, fine and rare and fair. Praise to you, Lord, for brother wind, for the air, for the clouds, for fair days and every turn of weather -- through which you feed the world. Praise to my Lord for sister water, precious and pure, who selflessly serves all. Praise to my Lord for brother fire, through whom you fill the dark with light. Lovely is he in his delight, mighty and strong. Praise to my Lord for our sister, mother earth, who nourishes us and surrounds us in a world ripe with fruit, pregnant with grassy fields, spangled with flowers. Praise to my Lord for those seeking your love, who discover within themselves forgiveness, rejecting neither frailty nor sorrow. Enduring in serenity, they are blessed, For they shall be crowned by your hand, Most High. Praise to my Lord for our sister death, the body's death, whom none avoid. A great sadness for those who die having missed life's mark; Yet blessed they whose way is your most holy will -- Having died once, the second death does them no ill. Sing praises! Offer holy blessings to my Lord! In gratitude, selflessly offer yourself to him. [2652.jpg] -- from The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology), Edited by Ivan M. Granger

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, The Canticle of Brother Sun

194:Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
195:Canticle of the Creatures

Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
196:know what Clement said about being pope?” I shook my head, as he’d hoped I would. “Clement said none of his predecessors knew how to be pope.” “What did he mean?” “He meant that none of the others knew how to throw such big parties. He was also called ‘Clement the Magnificent.’ When he was crowned as pope, he gave a feast for three thousand people. He served one thousand sheep, nine hundred goats, a hundred cows, a hundred calves, and sixty pigs.” “Goodness. That’s, what, ten, twenty pounds of meat for every person?” “Ah, but there is more. Much more. Ten thousand chickens. Fourteen hundred geese. Three hundred fish—” “Only three hundred?” He stretched his arms wide—“Pike, very big fish”—then transformed the gesture into a shrug. “But also, Catholics eat a lot of fish, so maybe it was not considered a delicacy.” He held up a finger. “Plus fifty thousand cheeses. And for dessert? Fifty thousand tarts.” “That’s not possible. Surely somebody exaggerated.” “Non, non, pas du tout. We have the book of accounts. It records what they bought, and how much it cost.” “How much did it cost?” “More than I will earn in my entire life. But it was a smart investment. It made him a favorite with the people who mattered—kings and queens and dukes. And, of course, with his cardinals and bishops, who sent him money they collected in their churches.” Turning away from the palace, he pointed to a building on the opposite side of the square. “Do you know this building?” I shook my head. “It’s just as important as the palace.” “What is it?” “The papal mint.” “Mint, as in money?” He nodded. “The popes coined their own money, and they built this mint here. They made gold florins in the mint, then stored them in the treasury in the palace.” “The popes had their own mint? That seems ironic, since Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple in Jerusalem.” “If you look for inconsistencies, you will find a million. The popes had armies. They had mistresses. They had children. They poisoned their rivals. They lived like kings and emperors; better than kings and emperors.” “And nobody objected?” “Oh, sure,” he said. “Some of the Franciscans—founded by Saint Francis of Assisi—they were very critical. They said monks and priests and popes should live in poverty, like Jesus. ~ Jefferson Bass
197:[T]here was a prophetic medieval Italian abbot, Joachim of Floris, who in the early thirteenth century foresaw the dissolution of the Christian Church and dawn of a terminal period of earthly spiritual life, when the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, would speak directly to the human heart without ecclesiastical mediation. His view, like that of Frobenius, was of a sequence of historic stages, of which our own was to be the last; and of these he counted four. The first was, of course, that immediately following the Fall of Man, before the opening of the main story, after which there was to unfold the whole great drama of Redemption, each stage under the inspiration of one Person of the Trinity. The first was to be of the Father, the Laws of Moses and the People of Israel; the second of the Son, the New Testament and the Church; and now finally (and here, of course, the teachings of this clergyman went apart from the others of his communion), a third age, which he believed was about to commence, of the Holy Spirit, that was to be of saints in meditation, when the Church, become superfluous, would in time dissolve. It was thought by not a few in Joachim’s day that Saint Francis of Assisi might represent the opening of the coming age of direct, pentecostal spirituality. But as I look about today and observe what is happening to our churches in this time of perhaps the greatest access of mystically toned religious zeal our civilization has known since the close of the Middle Ages, I am inclined to think that the years foreseen by the good Father Joachim of Floris must have been our own.

For there is no divinely ordained authority any more that we have to recognize. There is no anointed messenger of God’s law. In our world today all civil law is conventional. No divine authority is claimed for it: no Sinai; no Mount of Olives. Our laws are enacted and altered by human determination, and within their secular jurisdiction each of us is free to seek his own destiny, his own truth, to quest for this or for that and to find it through his own doing. The mythologies, religions, philosophies, and modes of thought that came into being six thousand years ago and out of which all the monumental cultures both of the Occident and of the Orient - of Europe, the Near and Middle East, the Far East, even early America - derived their truths and lives, are dissolving from around us, and we are left, each on his own to follow the star and spirit of his own life. ~ Joseph Campbell
198:O OUR most holy FATHER, Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler, and Savior WHO ARE IN HEAVEN: In the angels and in the saints, Enlightening them to love, because You, Lord, are light Inflaming them to love, because You, Lord, are love Dwelling in them and filling them with happiness, because You, Lord, are the Supreme Good, the Eternal Good from Whom comes all good without Whom there is no good. HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: May our knowledge of You become ever clearer That we may know the breadth of Your blessings the length of Your promises the height of Your majesty the depths of Your judgments YOUR KINGDOM COME: So that You may rule in us through Your grace and enable us to come to Your kingdom where there is an unclouded vision of You a perfect love of You a blessed companionship with You an eternal enjoyment of You YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: That we may love you with our whole heart by always thinking of You with our whole soul by always desiring You with our whole mind by directing all our intentions to You and by seeking Your glory in everything and with our whole strength by spending all our energies and affections of soul and body in the service of Your love and of nothing else and may we love our neighbors as ourselves by drawing them all with our whole strength to Your love by rejoicing in the good fortunes of others as well as our own and by sympathizing with the misfortunes of others and by giving offense to no one GIVE US THIS DAY: in memory and understanding and reverence of the love which our Lord Jesus Christ had for us and of those things which He said and did and suffered for us OUR DAILY BREAD Your own Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES: Through Your ineffable mercy through the power of the Passion of Your Beloved Son together with the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all Your chosen ones AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US: And whatever we do not forgive perfectly, do you, Lord, enable us to forgive to the full so that we may truly love our enemies and fervently intercede for them before You returning no one evil for evil and striving to help everyone in You AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION Hidden or obvious Sudden or persistent BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL Past, present and to come. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. [1495.jpg] -- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

~ Saint Francis of Assisi, Prayer Inspired by the Our Father

199:SPIEGEL: You have a lot of respect for the Dalai Lama, you even rewrote some Buddhist writings for him. Are you a religious person?

Cleese: I certainly don't think much of organized religion. I am not committed to anything except the vague feeling that there is something more going on than the materialist reductionist people think. I think you can reduce suffering a little bit, like the Buddhists say, that is one of the few things I take seriously. But the idea that you can run this planet in a rational and kind way -- I think it's not possible. There will always be these sociopaths at the top -- selfish people, power-seekers who want to spend their whole lives seeking it. Robin Skynner, the psychiatrist that I wrote two books with, said to me that you could begin to enjoy life when you realized how bad the planet is, how hopeless everything is. I reached that point these last two or three years when I saw that our existence here is absolutely hopeless. I see the rich people have got a stranglehold on us. If somebody had said that to me when I was 20, I would have regarded him as a left-wing loony.

SPIEGEL: You may not have been a left-wing loony, but you were happy to attack and ridicule the church. The "Life of Brian," the story of a young man in Judea who isn't Jesus Christ, but is nevertheless followed like a savior and crucified afterwards, was regarded as blasphemy when it was released in 1979.

Cleese: Well there was a small number of people in country towns, all very conservative, who got upset and said, "You can't show the film." So people hired a coach and drove 15 miles to the next town and went to see the film there. But a lot of Christians said, "We got it, we know that the joke is not about religion, but about the way people follow religion." If Jesus saw the Spanish Inquisition I think he would have said, "What are you doing there?"

SPIEGEL: These days Muslims and Islam are risky subjects. Do you think they are good issues for satire?

Cleese: For sure. In 1982, Graham Chapman and I wrote a number of scenes for "The Meaning of Life" movie which had an ayatollah in them. This ayatollah was raging against all the evil inventions of the West, you know, like toilet paper. These scenes were never included in the film, although I thought they were much better than many other scenes that were included. And that's why I didn't do any more Python films: I didn't want to be outvoted any longer. But I wouldn't have made fun of the prophet.

SPIEGEL: Why not?

Cleese: How could you? How could you make fun of Jesus or Saint Francis of Assisi? They were wonderful human beings. People are only funny when they behave inappropriately, when they've been taken over by some egotistical emotion which they can't control and they become less human.

SPIEGEL: Is there a difference between making fun of our side, so to speak, the Western, Christian side, and Islam?

Cleese: There shouldn't be a difference.
[SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese: 'Satire Makes People Think' - 2015] ~ John Cleese

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   1 Integral Yoga






1.08 - The Change of Vision, #On the Way to Supermanhood, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  
  Is this to say that nobody has ever touched this Truth? Of course it has been touched, but on the mental heights, in rare illuminations that left a trace here or there, on a Buddha's face in Indonesia, an Athena in the Par thenon, a smile in Rheims, in some marvelous Upanishads, a few words of grace that have survived as a golden and adorable anachronism, hardly real amidst our concrete structures and civilized savagery; it has been touched in the depths of the heart, stammered out by Saint Francis of Assisi or Sri Ramakrishna. But then the world goes on, and we all know that the last word belongs to the bomb and to the triumph of the latest democratic hero, who will soon join another one under the same layer of inanity. But it has never been touched in matter; it has never been touched there. And so long as it is not touched there, it will remain what it has always been, a brilliant dream over the chaos of the ages, and the world will go on whirling vainly, adding its discoveries that discover nothing and its pseudo-knowledge that always ends up stifling us. Indeed, we labor under a bizarre delusion: we right a wrong here only to cause another one to sprout there; we seal a crack here only to see the wound open wider somewhere else. And it is always the same wound; there is only one wound in the world, and so long as we do not want to be cured of that ill, our millions of drugs and parliaments and systems and laws millions of laws, on every street corner and right in our mailbox will never cure us or the world's illness. We philanthropize and altruize, we distri bute and share and equalize; but our good deeds seem to go hand in hand with our misdeeds, and the misery, the great misery of the world, infiltrates everything and gnaws surreptitiously at our functional homes and empty hearts; our equalizations are the huge, gray uniformity that descends upon the earth, smothering equally the good and the less good, the rich and the poor, the crowds from here or there the great mechanized human crowd, disincarnate, manipulated by a thousand radios and newspapers that scream and rumble all the way up to Himalayan villages. And no news at all. Not a single bit of news in those billions of novelties! Not an iota of novelty under the stars: men suffer and die in cities teeming with mental disorders. But tomorrow will be better, we think, with more machines, more drugs, more red or blue or green crosses, more laws and still more laws to remedy the world's cancer. And we seem to hear, from far, far away in the past, six thousand years in the past, the moving little voice of Lopamudra, the wife of Rishi Agastya: Many autumns have I toiled night and day; the dawns age me, age dims the glory of our bodies...,16 and that of Maitreya echoing her: What shall I do with that by which the nectar of Immortality is not attained?17
  

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--- Overview of noun saint_francis_of_assisi

The noun saint francis of assisi has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts)
          
1. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, St. Francis, Giovanni di Bernardone ::: ((Roman Catholic Church) an Italian and the Roman Catholic monk who founded the Franciscan order of friars (1181-1226))




--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun saint_francis_of_assisi

1 sense of saint francis of assisi                  

Sense 1
Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, St. Francis, Giovanni di Bernardone
   INSTANCE OF=> saint
     => deity, divinity, god, immortal
       => spiritual being, supernatural being
         => belief
           => content, cognitive content, mental object
             => cognition, knowledge, noesis
               => psychological feature
                 => abstraction, abstract entity
                   => entity




--- Hyponyms of noun saint_francis_of_assisi
                                    




--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun saint_francis_of_assisi

1 sense of saint francis of assisi                  

Sense 1
Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, St. Francis, Giovanni di Bernardone
   INSTANCE OF=> saint










--- Coordinate Terms (sisters) of noun saint_francis_of_assisi

1 sense of saint francis of assisi                  

Sense 1
Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, St. Francis, Giovanni di Bernardone
  -> saint
   => patron saint
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ambrose, Saint Ambrose, St. Ambrose
   HAS INSTANCE=> Andrew, Saint Andrew, St. Andrew, Saint Andrew the Apostle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anselm, Saint Anselm, St. Anselm
   HAS INSTANCE=> Aquinas, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Thomas, St. Thomas, Saint Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas
   HAS INSTANCE=> Athanasius, Saint Athanasius, St. Athanasius, Athanasius the Great
   HAS INSTANCE=> Augustine, Saint Augustine, St. Augustine, Augustine of Hippo
   HAS INSTANCE=> Basil, St. Basil, Basil of Caesarea, Basil the Great, St. Basil the Great
   HAS INSTANCE=> Becket, Thomas a Becket, Saint Thomas a Becket, St. Thomas a Becket
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bede, Saint Bede, St. Bede, Baeda, Saint Baeda, St. Baeda, Beda, Saint Beda, St. Beda, the Venerable Bede
   HAS INSTANCE=> Benedict, Saint Benedict, St. Benedict
   HAS INSTANCE=> Boniface, Saint Boniface, St. Boniface, Winfred, Wynfrith, Apostle of Germany
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bridget, Saint Bridget, St. Bridget, Brigid, Saint Brigid, St. Brigid, Bride, Saint Bride, St. Bride
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bruno, Saint Bruno, St. Bruno
   HAS INSTANCE=> Dominic, Saint Dominic, St. Dominic, Domingo de Guzman
   HAS INSTANCE=> Edward the Confessor, Saint Edward the Confessor, St. Edward the Confessor
   HAS INSTANCE=> Edward the Martyr, Saint Edward the Martyr, St. Edward the Martyr
   HAS INSTANCE=> Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, St. Francis, Giovanni di Bernardone
   HAS INSTANCE=> Gregory, Gregory I, Saint Gregory I, St. Gregory I, Gregory the Great
   HAS INSTANCE=> Gregory, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory of Nazianzen, St. Gregory of Nazianzen
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ignatius, Saint Ignatius, St. Ignatius
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Loyola
   HAS INSTANCE=> Irenaeus, Saint Irenaeus, St. Irenaeus
   HAS INSTANCE=> James, Saint James, St. James, Saint James the Apostle, St. James the Apostle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Jerome, Saint Jerome, St. Jerome, Hieronymus, Eusebius Hieronymus, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus
   HAS INSTANCE=> John, Saint John, St. John, Saint John the Apostle, St. John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, John the Divine
   HAS INSTANCE=> John Chrysostom, St. John Chrysostom
   HAS INSTANCE=> John the Baptist, St. John the Baptist
   HAS INSTANCE=> Jude, Saint Jude, St. Jude, Judas, Thaddaeus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lawrence, Saint Lawrence, St. Lawrence, Laurentius
   HAS INSTANCE=> Leo I, St. Leo I, Leo the Great
   HAS INSTANCE=> Louis IX, Saint Louis, St. Louis
   HAS INSTANCE=> Luke, Saint Luke, St. Luke
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mark, Saint Mark, St. Mark
   HAS INSTANCE=> Martin, St. Martin
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mary Magdalene, St. Mary Magdalene, Mary Magdalen, St. Mary Magdalen
   HAS INSTANCE=> Matthew, Saint Matthew, St. Matthew, Saint Matthew the Apostle, St. Matthew the Apostle, Levi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Nicholas, Saint Nicholas, St. Nicholas
   HAS INSTANCE=> Olaf II, Olav II, Saint Olaf, Saint Olav, St. Olaf, St. Olav
   HAS INSTANCE=> Paul, Saint Paul, St. Paul, Apostle Paul, Paul the Apostle, Apostle of the Gentiles, Saul, Saul of Tarsus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Peter, Simon Peter, Saint Peter, St. Peter, Saint Peter the Apostle, St. Peter the Apostle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Simon, St. Simon, Simon Zelotes, Simon the Zealot, Simon the Canaanite
   HAS INSTANCE=> Teresa of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila
   HAS INSTANCE=> Thomas, Saint Thomas, St. Thomas, doubting Thomas, Thomas the doubting Apostle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Vitus, St. Vitus










--- Grep of noun saint_francis_of_assisi
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