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19 Jan 2013
The Little Flowers of St Francis of Assissi offers many lessons from the spirituality of St Francis: humility, abandonment to the will of God, charity, mercy, etc. While many of the stories seem counter-intuitive to the standards of the world, they give a powerful testimony to the power of the Love of God and the gift of service to others through that Love. Many miracles can happen when we learn to "die to self" and trust in God as St Francis and his brothers did.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482012987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482012989
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saint Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not living monastic lives. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Francis was the son of a wealthy foreign cloth merchant in Assisi, and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order). In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene. In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 141. On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful little book 8 Mar 2013
By jgkane
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Full of the loving, simple living charity of a great and very humble saint, who closely approached the example of His Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Flowers St. Francis of Assisi 29 Oct 2013
By Isabel
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I read this as a child so it was good to refresh my memory of the Christmas
Present I received many years ago.
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I found this interesting though far from an easy read.
Perseverance is required. But this is a thoughtful selection and represents
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Easter treat 23 April 2014
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I just love this, I've had a copy for years and wanted it on my kindle. very in keeping with the words of our new Pope Francis too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars St. Francis 4 Jun 2011
By Dwayne A. Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book ever written next to the Bible. The stories move me and helps me look at the world with a better perspective.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A view into the spirit of St Francis and his Order 26 Oct 2012
By OPC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers many lessons from the spirituality of St Francis: humility, abandonment to the will of God, charity, mercy, etc. While many of the stories seem counter-intuitive to the standards of the world, they give a powerful testimony to the power of the Love of God and the gift of service to others through that Love. Many miracles can happen when we learn to "die to self" and trust in God as St Francis and his brothers did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A primer for Francis lovers 12 April 2012
By Dennis Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic on Francis and includes many of the stories, both true and folk-tales, that have grown around this very special individual. It is enjoyable and I recommend it to complete your "Franciscan library." It is not a biography, but an addition to his real life story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars little flowers 22 Sep 2012
By saul - Published on Amazon.com
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the little flowers of st francis is a great book to read and reflect on except this e book doesnt have a active index which makes it impossible to go back and forth..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite of Mine--Helped me stay Catholic when I was searching many churches. 12 Dec 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Some exaggeration was used I'm sure when writing the stories of the life of St. Francis, it's true. But it's a joy and a wonder to read these stories and really get to know the man and the Saint by reading the stories his own near in time flock told about him.
I especially value how much St. Frank was a devout Catholic in this little volume.
Nothing like Nikos Casentzakis (sp!) story of him without devotion to the Eucharist, Holy Mass, or the value of the priests.
Thanks for reading!
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