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Saint Francis of Assisi
Italian Catholic friar and preacher
(1181/82-1226)



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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.

-- The Counsels of the Holy Father St. Francis, Admonition 27

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

-- Canticle of the Sun

May I seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted:
To understand, than to be understood;
To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds;
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven;
It is by dying [to one's self] that one awakens to Eternal Life.


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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