Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.— Francis of Assisi
The most memorable Francis of Assisi quotes that will activate your desire to change
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily.
To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.
God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help.
Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.
What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death.
All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man.
... God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist
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.
Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it.
Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved, as to love.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
For it is in giving that we receive.
Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen away, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ's disciples.
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.
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man's heart and make a dwelling for himself there.
The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn't give to someone in greater need than we are.
Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.
What could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can't starve a fasting man, you can't steal from someone who has no money, you can't ruin someone who hates prestige.
Make me an instrument of thy peace.
Do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come.
Give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. . . Blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven!
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day. "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied.
Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working.
Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
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.
We should all realize that no matter where or how a man dies, if he is in the state of mortal sin and does not repent, when he could have done so and did not, the Devil tears his soul from his body with such anguish and distress that only a person who has experienced it can appreciate it.
Dear God, please reveal to us your sublime beauty, that is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, so that we will never again feel frightened.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.
I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the most holy Sacrament.
I love You and desire You. Come into my heart. I embrace You. Oh, never leave me. May the burning and most sweet power of Your love, O Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through love of Your love, Who were graciously pleased to die through love of my love.
Here is one of the best means to acquire humility;
fix well in mind this maxim: One is as much as he is in the sight of God, and no more.
If we endure all things patiently and with gladness, thinking on the sufferings of our Blessed Lord, and bearing all for the love of Him: herein is perfect joy.
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Where there is discord may we bring harmony.
Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.
...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.
We should have no more use or regard for money in any of its forms than we have for dust. Those who think it is worth more, or who are greedy for it, expose themselves to the danger of being deceived by the Devil.
The tree of love its roots hath spread Deep in my heart, and rears its head;
Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense; Transport the heart, and ravish sense. In love's sweet swoon to thee I cleave, Bless'd source of love.