St. Francis – The “Green” Saint
St. Francis of Assisi
Today marks the passing in 1226 of St. Francis of Assisi, who founded the Franciscan order and stressed the need to imitate the life of Jesus. His evangelical zeal, consecration to poverty, charity, and charisma, drew a dedicated following during a time of needed change to the Church.
Although he is one of the patron saints of Italy, most are not aware that in 1979, Pope John Paul II recognized him as the patron saint of ecology.
To many throughout the world, St. Francis is most remembered for his poignant and ever-meaningful prayer. It is a plea that stands well for all today.