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In Search of Perfect Joy

Twenty-five centuries ago, Aristotle wrote a book called Nicomachean Ethics, in which he concluded that the ultimate goal of human beings is and ought to be happiness. 
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Saint Francis' Prayer before the Crucifix

"Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, sure hope and perfect charity. Fill me with understanding and knowledge that I may fulfill your command."
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Saint Francis and the Taming of the Wolf

The story of how Saint Francis of Assisi tamed the Wolf of Gubbio is one of the great legends linked with the life of the saint. I have never been too worried as to whether the story was historically true or not. I am more interested in seeing how the story fits into the pattern of biblical themes and of God’s plans for creation. In this well-known legend, Saint Francis goes to the Italian town of Gubbio, where a fierce wolf had been terrorizing the village and even killing some of the people, including children.
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Francis and Anthony: Two Saints, One Vision

Perhaps the three most well-known Franciscan saints are Francis, of course, Clare of Assisi, and Anthony of Padua. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the similarities between Francis and his early follower, Anthony.
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Saint Francis' Prayer of Peace

In his writings and in the early biographies of Saint Francis, he emerges as a person formed and informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?  How do we even begin to live the Gospel, as he did, in our own time? 
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Saint Francis and the Eucharist

Saint Francis of Assisi’s life is a study in contrasts. He is admired the world over, yet he’s a hard one to neatly categorize. Born into great wealth, the young Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone stripped himself, literally, of all material affluence to embrace “lady poverty.” 
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Saint Francis Meets the Leper

Saint Francis had a fear and abhorrence of lepers. One day, however, he met a man afflicted with leprosy while riding his horse near Assisi. Though the sight of the leper filled him with horror and disgust, Francis got off his horse and kissed the leper. Then the leper put out his hand, hoping to receive something. Out of compassion, Francis gave money to the leper.
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Why Saint Francis Belongs on the Birdbath

Since his death, Saint Francis of Assisi has been the subject of some of the world’s most admired works of art. His image is also found quite often in what we call the popular arts: in the form of greeting cards, plastic statues, medallions and plaques. These forms of art often get mixed reviews.
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How Saint Francis Experienced Conversion

Everybody knows Saint Francis as a pillar of humility, simplicity, and grace. What few realize is that the young Francesco Bernardone was born into privilege, spoiled, and hungry for fame on the battlefield. But that was not to be. God had grander plans for Francis.
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What Is a True Peacemaker?

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