Tuesday, October 03, 2006

St Francis of Asissi

Blessed Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

He is known for his love of nature,and poverty, but few know that he is only one of two men to be marked with the stigmata (Padre Pio was the other).

St Francis made at least three attempts to personally convert the Muslims, and did meet with Sultan Malek al-Kamil in Egypt. Unfortunately,he failed to convert the sultan, so Francis sent his friars to establish missions in Tunisia and Morocco.May we learn from St. Francis a zeal for praying for the conversion of the Muslims, which may be our only real chance for peace.

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