Who Was…St Francis of Assisi

by Lucy Lethbridge

  • Published: 01 Jul 2004
  • Price: £4.99
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  • ISBN: 9781904977170
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The Patron Saint of Animals

At first, everyone thought young Francis Bernadone had gone mad. One minute he was a popular party boy, in fine clothes. The next, he had given up all his money, put on a simple, rough robe and gone to live in a hut in the scrubby woodlands around Assisi.

But people soon came to respect Francis. He had give up all his possessions – and yet he was happy. Young men from all over Italy came to join him. Stories abounded about the miracles he worked: the roses that he made bloom in the dry desert, and the birds and animals who trusted and came to sit by him; it was even said he could speak their language…

‘There is the celebrated story of the vicious wolf which came down from the forests and terrorised the town of Gubbio. Francis apparently visited the wolf who listened meekly as he ordered it to stop eating people. And he told the people of Gubbio to give the wolf regular meals. For the next two years, before the wolf died, it meekly went from door to door in Gubbio with its head bowed, waiting for its next feed.

Francis didn’t love all animals in quite the same way. He thought […] ants were boring because, with their constant hoarding of stores of food and worrying about the future, they reminded him of busy accountants…’

About Lucy Lethbridge

The Patron Saint of Animals At first, everyone thought young Francis Bernadone had gone mad. One minute he was a popular party boy, in fine clothes. The next, he had given up all his money, put on a simple, rough [...]