This medal is available in three sizes: Small - 15MM; Medium - 18MM; and Large - 25MM.
St. Francis of Assisi , like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is one of the few persons that non-Catholics – even non Christians – agree should be canonized. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant, and his early life, though not sinful, was full of frivolity and playfulness. Even when war broke out with a neighboring city and he was captured and imprisoned, he bore the privations with remarkable peace. Gradually, the desire to renounce his privileged station in life for the sake of the greater glory of God, led him to help and befriend the poorest of the poor. His father thought his son was crazy, and tried to stop him from throwing his position and his life away, so Francis made his break with his former life complete, and gave his father, literally, the clothes off of his back. Francis received many interior inspirations, most notably, from Christ, who told him “rebuild my church; which you can see, is in ruins.” Francis took him literally, and started, with his own hands, to rebuild many small chapels that had fallen into disrepair. His extravagant embrace of “lady poverty,” however, was just the inspiration the age needed, and before long, hundreds joined him in this total abandonment to divine providence. Francis efforts were soon visited by a remarkable event: while praying in from of a crucifix, he was transfixed with beams of light that left him with the stigmata (the five wounds of Christ). St. Francis is the patron saint of merchants, and Italy. His feast day is celebrated on October 4. © 2006
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