No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone in Italy in 1181. He is the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patron saints of Italy. He founded the Franciscan Order. Many literary critics consider him Italy’s first modern poet.
He’s most famous for his affinity with animals. Images of him often show him holding or near animals.
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated annually on October 4.
Most famous among his works is the poem titled “The Prayer of St. Francis”. He is remembered as one history’s truly great souls. In recent years, one our time’s greatest souls – Sarah Mclachlan – recorded a song version of the famous poem. I found this wonderful version of it on YouTube. Enjoy!