ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
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The name Saint Francis of Assisi reminds most people of a man who had a great love for animals, nature, and poetry; others may know that St Francis had a great love for the poor, especially for lepers, and that he was a man of peace. All these noble characteristics rightly describe St. Francis but they are in no way the cause of his great sanctity. They flow from his great holiness, his great love for Jesus Crucified, his loyalty to the Church, and his devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. St. Francis had an unswerving desire to imitate Our Crucified Saviour in all things by living the Gospel and teaching others to do the same.