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Moreover, instead of reassuring him, the Gospel challenged Francis with the still unfamiliar values of Christian discipleship. In he again tried to outfit himself as a knight, but after suffering another illness, he had a vision that marked the beginning of his conversion.

He was 23 years old. Uncertain and pensive, he returned to Assisi where his initial depression soon became an emotional crisis.

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Indeed, the lack of understanding between the two provoked harsh, angry words from the father and a sullen, hostile silence from the son. Pietro failed to recognize the turmoil in his son; Francis could not express himself to his father. Born of a crisis of human understanding, his search for inner peace and new direction put Francis on the road to conversion. Heavenly Father, help us to be faithful to you. Give us the strength to fulfill the demand of the Gospel Franis forgive and to understand others.

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The Bishop of Assisi, who had witnessed the dramatic gesture, wrapped his cloak around the young man, Sant thereafter dressed himself in a simple flaxen tunic tied at the waist with a cord.

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On seeing him, Pope Innocent recognized Francis as the figure in his dream and eagerly blessed him and his followers and verbally approved their rule of life through which they would renew the Church. Several years later Clare, the daughter of a nobleman of Assisi and ten years younger than Francis, begged to join his Gospel life of poverty.

So Francis received her in with several other young women and placed them in a monastery where they developed a contemplative rule which expressed their commitment to peace, to prayer, and to solitude. By successfully integrating Franciscan spirituality with the monastic lifestyle, Clare of Assisi proved to be one of the great religious innovators of her age.

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After accepting his call to live the Gospel, during the years of Francis dedicated himself to a life of prayer and solitude. One day, in a singular moment of personal conversion, Francis encountered a leper.

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In his age, lepers were forced to ring a bell wherever they went and to cry out the warning: He had always feared both the disease itself and the horrible disfigurement it wrought. Customarily he reacted to lepers with repugnance and anxiety.

Saunt Like so many of his contemporaries, his personal revulsion affected the further humiliation of these afflicted persons and added to their suffering. Nonetheless, in a decisive moment of illumination, Francis suddenly perceived in this leper the embodiment of God's beauty, a human being to be loved and cared for tenderly. By embracing the leper, the Saint learned to embrace all people just Lady wants casual sex Mount Saint Francis Jesus did.

As a community, the friars nursed and bathed the lepers, beginning the Franciscan tradition of special attention to the poor and outcast.

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Confronted by armed villagers, the "Wolf" nonetheless prevailed, being either more skillful with weapons or more ruthless in nature. Francis, however, neither confronted him with arms nor threatened him by sanctions.

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Though Francis considered himself unworthy to be a priest, he had been ordained a deacon so that he could preach the Gospel with the blessing of the Church. At Greccio, wearing the dalmatic, the vestment of a deacon, he proclaimed the Christmas Gospel at Mass and, with his simple gesture of placing an infant in the manger, forever imprinted our hearts and minds with the love of God made flesh in Bethlehem's tiny child.

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Thus Francis began a tradition that persists to this day: Francis spent the remainder of his life preaching the loving mercy of that God made flesh, supporting his brothers in the Community and praying with the greatest devotion in union with Jesus.

Almighty God and Father of Light, Your Word made LLady came down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and we like Francis are filled with wonder at the nearness of our God.

Open our hearts to receive Your love that our lives may be filled with Your peace. Aflame with desire to preach the Gospel and win the prize of martyrdom, Francis decided to make Jesus known in the Muslim world. Thus, in the midst of the Fifth Crusade ofFrancis dramatically crossed the battle lines at Damietta in order to speak with Malik al-Kamil, the Ayubid Sultan of Egypt. Intrigued by the courage and simplicity My sexie curves needs a sunday touch this bold but unassuming Sait, the Sultan recognized in Francis a Christian unlike any other.

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Perhaps each of them recognized the Spirit of God at work in the other. Francis returned to the Christian world to take up again the challenge of preaching and living the Gospel.

By sparing his life, al-Kamil had given Francis a renewed sense of purpose. The Lord did not fulfill his desire Franci martyrdom, reserving for him instead a different task.