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“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20)

Francis of Assisi, known as the patron saint of animals and ecology, seemed to take these words of scripture to heart as he lived his life.

Małgorzata Wrochna,, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

He was born into the family of a wealth. His father was a cloth merchant but Francis chose to give up his inheritance to serve the poor people.

He formed the Order of Friars Minor (known as Franciscans) and took on poverty and the task of preaching.

He is attributed with the words, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words,” as well as “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Francis lived with a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation. 

He died on October 4, 1226.