Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in InPietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a man of God -- he wanted a man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would reflect his infatuation with France. So he renamed his son Francesco -- which is the equivalent of calling him Frenchman.
Early life[ edit ] Francis of Assisi was born in late or earlyone of several children of an Italian father, Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant, and a French mother, Pica de Bourlemont, about whom little is known except that she was a noblewoman originally from Provence.
He spent money lavishly. In this account, he was selling cloth and velvet in the marketplace on behalf of his father when a beggar came to him and asked for alms. At the conclusion of his business deal, Francis abandoned his wares and ran after the beggar.
When he found him, Francis gave the man everything he had in his pockets. His friends quickly chided and mocked him for his act of charity. When he got home, his father scolded him in rage. It is possible that his spiritual conversion was a gradual process rooted in this experience.
Upon his return to Assisi inFrancis returned to his carefree life. A strange vision made him return to Assisi, having lost his taste for the worldly life. In response, they asked him laughingly whether he was thinking of marrying, to which he answered, "Yes, a fairer bride than any of you have ever seen", meaning his "Lady Poverty".
Francis of Assisi breaking off his relationship with his father and renouncing his patrimony, laying aside publicly even the garments he had received from him.
On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. He said he had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the forsaken country chapel of San Damianojust outside Assisi, in which the Icon of Christ Crucified said to him, "Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins.
When he returned to town, hungry and dirty, he was dragged home by his father, beaten, bound, and locked in a small storeroom. Freed by his mother during Bernardone's absence, Francis returned at once to San Damiano, where he found shelter with the officiating priest, but he was soon cited before the city consuls by his father.
The latter, not content with having recovered the scattered gold from San Damiano, sought also to force his son to forego his inheritance by way of restitution. In the midst of legal proceedings before the Bishop of AssisiFrancis renounced his father and his patrimony.
He spent some time at a neighbouring monastery working as a scullion. He then went to Gubbio, where a friend gave him, as an alms, the cloak, girdle, and staff of a pilgrim. Returning to Assisi, he traversed the city begging stones for the restoration of St.
These he carried to the old chapel, set in place himself, and so at length rebuilt it. Over the course of two years, he embraced the life of a penitentduring which he restored several ruined chapels in the countryside around Assisi, among them San Pietro in Spina in the area of San Petrignano in the valley about a kilometer from Rivotorto, today on private property and once again in ruin ; and the Porziuncolathe little chapel of St.
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