St Francis Of Assisi Quotes

These St Francis of Assisi quotes represent the mystic wisdom of the Italian Catholic friar and preacher Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – October 3, 1226).  Friars are religious orders that differ from monks: friars live and work in the community among lay people, vowing to own no property (solely or commonly), and are supported by donations and support by the communities they live and work in.  Saint Francis founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares.  Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Saint Francis mystical wisdom transcends not only religions, but boundaries of kinship between humans and Nature, whom he considered it his brother/sister.  Below, are many of the famous quotes of St. Francis:

“What we are looking for is what is looking.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer.”
― St Francis of Assisi

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
― St. Francis of Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
― St Francis of Assisi

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― St Francis of Assisi famous quote

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
― St. Francis of Assisi quote

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received--only what you have given.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.”
― St. Francis of Assisi spiritual quote

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
― St Francis of Assisi famous quote

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.”
― St. Francis of Assisi spiritual quote

“Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins. ”
― St. Francis of Assisi quote

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“And St. Francis said: 'My dear son, be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.”
― St. Francis of Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

“I have sinned against my brother the ass.”
― St. Francis of Assisi spiritual quote

“O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled, as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“A man who works with his hands is a labourer. A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.”
― St. Francis of Assisi spiritual quote

“And St. Francis added: "My dear and beloved Brother, the treasure of blessed poverty is so very precious and divine that we are not worthy to possess it in our vile bodies. For poverty is that heavenly virtue by which all earthy and transitory things are trodden under foot, and by which every obstacle is removed from the soul so that it may freely enter into union with the eternal Lord God. It is also the virtue which makes the soul, while still here on earth, converse with the angels in Heaven. It is she who accompanied Christ on the Cross, was buried with Christ in the Tomb, and with Christ was raised and ascended into Heaven, for even in this life she gives to souls who love her the ability to fly to Heaven, and she alone guards the armor of true humility and charity.”
― St. Francis of Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

“Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Praised be my Lord, for our sister water.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

“Don't canonize me too soon. I'm perfectly capable of fathering a child.”
― St. Francis of Assisi famous quote

“Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for they will be crowned.”
― St Francis of Assisi quote

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