St. Francis of Assisi Sterling Silver Medal
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St. Francis was born of a wealthy family. He left his family when he was 20 years old and gave up his wealth for a life of poverty serving God. He was known as "The Little Poor Man." During his lifetime, he established the Franciscan Order and refurbished Saint Damaino and the Portiuncula. Francis was also known for receiving the gift of the stigmata from God which means he physically retained the wounds of Jesus Christ in hands and feet. Francis of Assisi was also very fond of nature, a fondness and understanding that was apparent to nature itself, as wild animals were tamed in his presence. The image of St. Francis of Assisi is often pictured and remembered surrounded by nature.
St. Francis of Assisi
Born: 1181 in Assisi, Italy
Feast Day: October 4
Patron Saint of: animals, ecologists, merchants