St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 and died in 1226.

He was born into a wealthy family, but after an encounter with a leper he gave up that wealth to live a simple life doing the work of God. This initially manifested in a life of prayer and service to the lepers around the area of Assisi.  His life unexpectedly inspired other men to join him.  Francis accepted them as a gift from God and called them his brothers.  He turned to the Gospels as a guide for how he should live.  

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