Author: Mary Emmanuel Alves, FSP
Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1181 or 1182. The son of a wealthy cloth merchant, he dressed himself in the finest clothes and spent money freely. Seeking adventure and glory, Francis went to war in 1201. He became aware that he should be serving Jesus. He began by praying more and making sacrifices to grow strong in spirit. He often gave money to the poor. He took care of the lepers in the nearby hospital. Still, he felt he must do more. Francis became a "knight" of the "Lady Poverty," and he began to live as a beggar. Everywhere he went, he urged people to stop sinning and to return to God. Soon many began to realize how close Francis was to God, and they became his disciples. As a reward for his great love, Jesus gave him his own wounds in his hands, feet, and side. This happened in 1224, two years before Francis died. Saint Francis of Assisi tells the story of someone who followed God's call in a radical way. Those who read this book will begin to think also of the plan of their own life, the possibilities for their future, and the way in which God will play a part in how all this will unfold as they grow older.
Ages 8 – 12, Paperback, 1999, 114 Pages, 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches