Patron of animals, children, kindness and ecology.
1181-1226 Son of a wealthy cloth merchant, he renounced his family fortune, threw off his clothes and started the Franciscan order. He laid down strict rules of poverty, humility, and discipline. In 1224, while praying, he received the stigmata.
San Francisco's prayer:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love, 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 into eternal life.
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