St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

“Lord, make me an instrument of your 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.”

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

“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.”

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

“What we are looking for is what is looking.”

“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.”

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”

“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.”

“Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.”

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

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.”

“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

“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.”

“You damned spirits! You can only do what the hand of God allows you to do.”

“Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.”

“If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.”

“Where there is injury let me sow pardon.”

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”

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