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Francis of Assisi
1182 - 1226
Nationality: Italian
Category: Saint
Subcategory: Italian Saint

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.

   

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

   

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

    Topics: Love

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

   

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.

   

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.

   

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.

   

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

   

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

   

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

   

For it is in giving that we receive.

   

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

   

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

   

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

    Topics: Love

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

   

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

   

It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.

   

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.

   

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