Reluctant Saint - Francis of Assisi

For those who know nothing about the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi, this is an excellent place to start. The documentary spans his initial encounter with Christ all the way to his death, in just under an hour. Indeed, it is a sketch with some nice insights provided by various commentators. I'm not partial to reenactments, and there are plenty here. I prefer seeing the places themselves, as well as the art of the time. As the documentary creators are only imagining what the visuals, I would prefer to be allowed to do the same; dramatizing these events without the depth that can occur in a film risks deflating the impact of the moment. This does happen here...I found myself looking away and listening to the words and enjoyed it much better. But there are beautiful countrysides, and plenty of other visuals which work quite well. In the end, this is a pleasant way to get an introduction to the work of Francis, and hopefully a desire to learn much more.

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cathy mcrae
cathy mcrae:
I went to Assisi several years ago. When St. Francis died he asked that no church be built for him. But over the years a huge church complex was built over his grave. I went down into the crypt to his tomb under the church. You can sit in contemplation there, and it was the most intense emotional spiritual experience I have ever felt. People were on their knees, others sobbing, overcome. I am not catholic or overly religious. I am an animal lover. In the little town, Francis' presence can be felt everywhere. St. Claire's lovely pink church at the other end of town is a compliment to Francis' huge memorial. Assisi is an experience everyone should have.
Rasimah H.Assim
Rasimah H.Assim:
The embrace of the lepers was very emotional
HerbyPumpkin
HerbyPumpkin:
Surely his way is so much better than the materialistic one we have in the West at the moment. Possessions possess us - not the other way round.
Scott Boatright
Scott Boatright:
Ive been praying at chapel every day. I am thinking of becoming a catholic.
swansong3
swansong3:
For those of Faith, 'no explanation is necessary', for those lacking Faith, 'no explanation is possible'. In God's sight, a day is as a thousand years, a thousand years, as a day.
P Brickley
P Brickley:
He was very holy. We Catholics must derive inspiration and strength from him as well walk among the ignorant in places like Iowa and most of southern Illinois.
Edwin Rivera
Edwin Rivera:
Thank you for this. I have been looking at the Monastic life (becoming a monk of Saint Benedict) Saint Francis is the second Saint I love to live like.
Paul Donohoe
Paul Donohoe:
yes of course he was a mad man..as they say it is no sign of health to be well adjusted in a profoundly sick world. If only we all had Francis' madness thank yo fo this
Daniel Jaghab
Daniel Jaghab:
That one guy was wrong. Yes St. Francis did proclaim peace but he did also proclaim sacrifice. St. Francis whole life was one of mortification and penance.
Miss Brown
Miss Brown:
Thank you so much for this video. I love learning about and being around people of faith - any faith. Oddly enough, I grew up in a family of staunch atheists & was called - with some resistance, I might add - to the Roman Catholic Church, a decision wholly supported by my parents and siblings. St. Francis was such a beautiful soul and this video depicts that very well. Pax et Bonum.
Maria Llave
Maria Llave:
A wonderful documentary. St Francis, Always pray for us sinners. Amen
Pat Rooney
Pat Rooney:
Thank you, I love Francis of Assisi 🐱🐶🐀🐹🐢🐰🐐🐦🐤🐄🐗🐃🐺🐍🐷🐵🐒🐻🐳🐠🐬🐜🐝🐾🐾💕
Bruna B
Bruna B:
Blessed St. Francis of Assisi. I pray to him always, to help my animals here. I always need his help. I humbly bow to him. His humility attracts me to him and draws me nearer to him. I love everything he did. He needed help himself, but he never asked for any help. He suffered immensely with his own poor body health conditions. Never would he complain about them. He kept moving on. Preaching the word of the lord. I admire him very much. My mentor, my friend for life. Praise be to you St. Francis. I know you are with our Lord. Please pray for me if you have some time left.
Angel Star
Angel Star:
You do not have to
be a Christian to
Feel God's Love ,to
see His Light. All
God wants from us
is " what have we done for Him "
glen baxter
glen baxter:
Probably the first christian who lived a life of true faith in relationship with Christ moral virtues.....may blessing pore upon him....
penelope carter dougherty
penelope carter dougherty:
I came across this and saw it is based on book by Donald Spoto..............forty five years ago, Donald Spoto was my professor in college. He was a horrible, contemptible person............cold, callous, cruel. AND he hated animals. He was so bad I was forced to quit the class and lose the credits. But it was impossible to endure him everyday. God protect innocent souls from Donald Spoto.
Catsnmi2
Catsnmi2:
When Moses asked the burning bush what God was He replied: "I am that, I am', pointing at the light and then at everything around Him. God is the Universe and everything in the Universe is God. Harm anything in the Universe - insect, animal, person, tree, rock etc - and you are harming God.
Joan Van Leeuwen
Joan Van Leeuwen:
Thank you so much for this beautiful film which brought me to years of pure joy. My favourite saint, my favourite place Assisi.
love you St. Francis.
John Knottenbelt
John Knottenbelt:
I am still being wonderfully enthused by that book I purchased about a few months ago, titled, The Sacred History by Jonathan Black !

Having just read a chapter on this wonderful man of God, St Francis of Assisi, I decided to investigate whether there was a doccie on him, on You tube & was pleased to see quite a few.
I found & focussed this one, which I have just watched in awe. There are so many people that God has used to further His word, both before & after our Lord Jesus Christ, that we often only give credence to those we already know of & whom various dogmatic leanings have narrowed our conscience to focus on.

If you have the strength of your faith & believe as I do, that God has & continues to use many “honourable & Blessed people to further His word & teachings”, I think we also need to give thanks for these people whom many seem to just “brush under the carpet”.
Remember that God still uses people in our times to further His teachings & even more so now, when people are losing their direction & failing in their faith. I seem to discover on a daily basis how generous, understanding, benevolent & forgiving our Saviour is towards us all.
I also have it reaffirmed that His Grace is not only for those who are already “Saved”, but even more so, towards those who still need to be saved.

How great God & ALL of His disciples are.... even those who have not been Afforded the courtesy of acknowledgment.
C Scolt
C Scolt:
Love you St. Francis of Assisi
Bren
Bren:
wow I completely forgot that was St Francis prayer. Of course I stepped away from my faith and have gone back and forth for a long time but that was always one of my favorites.
Raquel Atrinka
Raquel Atrinka:
Inspiring. Today, feast of Saint Francis
JO SH - Melodies
JO SH - Melodies:
Oh St. Francis. I shed tears in the part when san Francesco helped the poor lepers. Ora pro nobis san francesco
Yochanan TrueBiblicalChristianblog
Yochanan TrueBiblicalChristianblog:
Conversion occurs once in life--indeed no one is truly alive before it. But there is a sense in which one is being saved...this is sometimes called Sanctification.
Ka I
Ka I:
This was one of my favorite roles.
loonatis
loonatis:
I'm more agnostic than anything. A friend in my anime chat brought up the way I talked about being kind and loving each other to being close to the St. Francis prayer. I listened to it and cried my ass off. What a great man. I hope to live up to his up to his standards someday.
Danielle Tiletnick
Danielle Tiletnick:
I am commenting before,I have even viewed the film; it would be nice to have a 1-5 star rating from whom ever reviews these video/films ,both on youtube and netflix etc. Thank you and GOD bless,keep safe and, protect you and us all!
Damian Ooi
Damian Ooi:
I didn know the narrator is Liev Schreiber! My favourite catholic actor =D!!
Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius:
So happy to see this post Andi Akshiu! St. Francis the man, his teachings, his love for God, Jesus, brother, neighbor and nature are great inspirations. Wish we had more of him in our modern times. Pax et Bonum
Joe R
Joe R:
I remember at the age of 8 years old playing and seen a car drive on the street and through out a box of his car . in my mine I run there I open the box' as I open the box there was the must beutifull dog with mange... I was so proud to find him he was my best friend with no hair but he was my best friend ' I was so proud of having him . I all ways since prayed to saint Francis !! I am socked but not surprise Mario Cuomo sir real ."
jennie walsh
jennie walsh:
Saint Francis is now an all powerful Ascended Master, new name Kuthumi.
Like Beloved Ascended Master Jesus, He has inherited All Power, All Glory and All Dominion.
He has become a joint heir with Beloved Ascended Master Jesus. tsl.org
LEONORA VELASQUEZ
LEONORA VELASQUEZ:
Thank you St. Francis for giving a gift to see the place , the mountain of La Verna where you receive the stigmata , so beautiful mountain, Where Jesus visited you . I am so really bless
Sean Van Pelt
Sean Van Pelt:
I wish we Baptists had special Saints....they are incredibly interesting and inspiring. They helped shape the Christian world. Thanks for the upload, Andi!
MrHurley1200
MrHurley1200:
Excellent documentary! Enjoyed its beauty, and the altruistic spirit that ruled St. Francis' life.
Grace62576
Grace62576:
The Magnificence of Spirit ~ deeply touching ~ thank you for bringing the Blessings of Saint Francis of Assisi to many Souls ~ !
3investigators
3investigators:
St. Francis was a lovely inspiration to me as a vegan. So happy I came to this wisdom of not harming others for my comforts, pleasures or profits.
Stella Maris
Stella Maris:
Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher.

He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.

Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis on 16 July 1228.

Along with Saint Catherine of Siena, he was designated Patron saint of Italy.

He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October.

In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades.

By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient.

He returned to Italy to organize the Order.

Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs.

Francis is also known for his love of the Eucharist.

In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas live nativity scene.

In 1224, he received the stigmata, during the apparition of Seraphic angels in a religious ecstasy, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion.

He died during the evening hours of 3 October 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142 (141).
cosmic bono
cosmic bono:
love this thank you
Renben Yanthan
Renben Yanthan:
You're choosen one St Francis, pray for me to see you in heaven.
Ivana Farkasova
Ivana Farkasova:
thank you..beautiful documentary..well done! God bless
Nicole Bayliss
Nicole Bayliss:
Thank you for portraying the true story and spirit of St Francis. A great film.
mskatonic1
mskatonic1:
So beautiful. Thank you for uploading this. 💜
LearnEnglishESL
LearnEnglishESL:
I always admired St Francis's detachment. "The earth life's benefits are transitory; that which is temporary does not deserve our heart's attachment"- Baha'i Thought
obote joe
obote joe:
Wonderful documentary of the life of St. Francis, God bless you!
John K
John K:
Jesus Christ saves from sin.
Romans 3: 23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Hebrews 9: 27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Isaiah 64: 6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Revelation 21: 8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Romans 5: 8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3: 16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 14: 6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 10: 9-10.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
John 5: 24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
1John 5: 10-13
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Ephesians 2: 8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 8: 1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5: 21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
...............
Pleasure in Christ
Pleasure in Christ:
Thank You!
SpecialCrunch
SpecialCrunch:
I like how, having all of these depictions in the pictures which have a unanimous description of what he looked like, they chose to make the actor look nothing like him.
ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia
ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia:
Yes, so beautiful, his sanctuary on the hills has such a wonderful peace.
Nancy Provost
Nancy Provost:
thank you for your sharing!🌹
Jessica Cabness
Jessica Cabness:
This film has increased my knowledge about a beloved saint & brought new insights into his character, mission, & suffering . I am very grateful for this visualization of the life of Francis of Assisi, which I shall happily pass on to others. + Pax et summum bonum.
Steven Padilla
Steven Padilla:
God bless 💘 thank you
ColleenH65
ColleenH65:
Thanks so much for sharing this <3
Ratty Hall
Ratty Hall:
God and Saint Francis' love for God is what made him a Saint, not the world.
Ratty Hall
Ratty Hall:
The wounds of leprosy is what they called his stigmata! Those were the wounds of Christ showing his union with Christ. Much of this is accurate according to his biographies, but a lot of it is just told in a way to make it digestible to a secular audience.
Mrs. Greene
Mrs. Greene:
I thank God and am grateful he worked through people to bring us meaningful videos like this one.
wendy frost
wendy frost:
what an awe inspiring story......thankyou
Luis David Graterol
Luis David Graterol:
A true christian man!
Lady Lozamay Lumière
Lady Lozamay Lumière:
Awesome Flawesome!
I'm right behind ya!
Gratitude & Blessings
Jen Hobson
Jen Hobson:
"hardcore radical". Just like Jesus.
Jasmin Marte
Jasmin Marte:
Thank you so very much for this beautiful documentary. it warmed my heart so much.
Lucille Bonds
Lucille Bonds:
READ HIS BIOGRAPHY THIS STORY IS NOT EVEN 1/8 OF HIS STORY. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN HIM AND THE SULTAN. THE SULTAN AT THE END OF HIS LIFE DID CONVERT.
BY THE WAY ST. FRANCIS DID NOT BECOME A PRIEST. THE FILM ABOUT HIM WAS WRONG IN CALLING HIM FATHER. HE WAS BROTHER FRANCIS.
David L Rattigan
David L Rattigan:
When I first started reading on this topic, the descriptions of the young St Francis put me in mind of Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. The natural leader, with charisma, wit, flamboyance, cockiness.
Tre Nyte
Tre Nyte:
I wear a st francis pendant , i lived a very similiar life to this man i feel profoundly close to everything hes been through . I love animals of course who dosnt but i have taken care of many of animals in my life more than the average but i feel they needed my love . Instead of lepers its drug addicts now a days and instead of war I experienced my own addiction and suffering and imprisonment through which enlightenment has touched me but im not saint. I do no worship jesus or god im not even catholic
Alice R
Alice R:
Much like book character in Mr. Blue, which used to be mandatory reading in some Catholic schools in 1960s.
CHARLES EXER
CHARLES EXER:
I enjoyed this video. Please make more films of the saints. I will definitely watch. Keep up the great job. well done
Matthew Tiger
Matthew Tiger:
I do wish they’d included the story of him and the wolf in this video but still a great video
Michael D. Williams III
Michael D. Williams III:
I really enjoyed this documentary thank you to, whomever uploaded it, as an animal lover/activist and compassionate tolerant person I definitely have found at times a lot of inspiration in Saint Francis Of Assisi. It has been really remarkable learning about him lately, especially for my upcoming confirmation this Sunday. I’ll be confirmed within the first Cathedral Basilica and ST. Francis Of Assisi, will be my confirmation name, his deep love and care for animals, others and God really is a true inspiration once again... God bless everyone. 💛🙏🏾🕊
Stuart Guthrie
Stuart Guthrie:
Thank you for sharing this documentary. GOD bless. :-)
Allen Jones
Allen Jones:
very helpful and a blessing.
, thanks <3 =)
Jason S
Jason S:
More Christians like this, please.
Marta Acosta
Marta Acosta:
Mario Cuomo? Are you kidding? He’s an abortionist and has no part in Francis’ story.
Marta Acosta
Marta Acosta:
Of course he had a real, physical stigmata. People today have it, we can see it on them. And they’re much less worthy.
machc1234golf
machc1234golf:
I loved this thank you ! He truly GOT IT :)
machc1234golf
machc1234golf:
The 5 marks are symbolic for a life that OVERCOMES the Carnal MIND! The 5 senses are being brought under control the 5 senses that lead us into carnal Pleasure :)
Gabrielle Schwarz
Gabrielle Schwarz:
Beautiful and I will be walking the St Francis Way this Summer from Florence to Rome. May Peace Prevail on Earth
Chloe Childers
Chloe Childers:
I love this,thank you
Adrian Arshad
Adrian Arshad:
Me Uncle Jerry has a picture of him on the mantelpiece. Bless him.
Michael Angels
Michael Angels:
My second name is Francis and I was in Assisi about 5 years - This is  beautiful film. Thank you for the Love, Francis. Thank you so much.
Patrick McCoy
Patrick McCoy:
Wonderfully moving to the spirit!
Fritula 6
Fritula 6:
Wonderful..wonderful Faith... belief... and Love for Christ.
Pure Holiness...he followed Christ on to the Cross, and suffered on the Cross .
St. Francis became Christ like!
Christ gave Francis His crown of honour,
'The Stigmata'...this honour is given only to those Christ, makes perfect.
MRBLADE_TV
MRBLADE_TV:
I have to watch this for school, it's ok i guess not my stuff though
Veronica Andrews
Veronica Andrews:
St. Francis...you were extraordinary! My pleasure, sir🎬
Moronvideos1940
Moronvideos1940:
When I want to watch or learn something....time is never a problem ....
Rey Pi Productions
Rey Pi Productions:
beautiful and inspireing documentary! :)
Forgiveness for His Glory
Forgiveness for His Glory:
Thank you so much to people who made this film!!!🙏🙏🙏💖
BLUE WATER PINES
BLUE WATER PINES:
Praise Jesus.In gratitude.let us love one another.❤
Digital Mystic
Digital Mystic:
Disappointing that Mario Cuomo was a major figure in the documentary. With his "Christian Love" defined as "vote for more secular and every-growing government" ethic, he was the absolute wrong person to discuss St. Francis.
The D storm
The D storm:
Now that a true Christian I really have respect for him
And that coming from a Muslim
sarge505050
sarge505050:
So Francis is a saint because he ministered to leopards?
last of the mohawks
last of the mohawks:
In the modern world hearing voice would land u in a mental hospital....
How the world has changed hahahah
Lords Servant
Lords Servant:
52:36 what is that for
Lords Servant
Lords Servant:
52:51 what is this song called
Raphael starlight
Raphael starlight:
Raphael Gordon is making a st francis healing garden in his memory in Devon England xxx
Lou 94
Lou 94:
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by
saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows).
The devotion was passed on by St. Bridgethttp://www.themostholyrosary.com/appendix1.htm
braggart21
braggart21:
I hope I can visit St. Francis tomb in my lifetime.
Trinity Lee
Trinity Lee:
True Testimony. It might be very lengthy, but worthy of our time.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE RICHEST MAN IN SINGAPORE PHILIP NG, CEO of Far East Organization. (The son of late Ng Teng Feng)

In his own words;

Learning to be a Servant CEO (posted 27.03.2015)

Mr Philip Ng, the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Organization, shares his thoughts on material wealth, anxieties and God’s grace.

"Some may know me as a property developer, but I am really a servant of the most high God whom I know through my Lord Jesus Christ. Property development is for me just a way of making a living.

Before I came to faith, I had always wanted to know God, perhaps in an intellectual way. I did not realise that knowing God involved a relationship. So I searched as there was always something missing in me.

When I went for the Alpha Course in 2000, I got to know Jesus.

Coming to faith was a struggle until one of my friends in the Alpha Course told me, “Believe so that you may understand and not understand so that you may believe.”

I dwelled on that and I believed. Then I knew that life only had meaning in God and through God.

Where Are Your Treasures?
Fourteen years into my journey of transformation, I have learned much from Jesus. Let me make reference to this wonderful truth in Matthew 6:20–24:
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…..No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

These are stirring words. I am in business and business is about money. But money and possessions can possess us.

How then do I serve God as a business person? The way to do this is to realise that I am a steward; money has been entrusted by the Lord to me to be managed responsibly. At the end of the day, we take nothing with us. I saw this when my father passed away.

He had built up the family business, literally with his bare hands. When it came to the end of his life, he left everything behind. As the Chinese saying goes: “You cannot take it with you, your coffin will be empty.”

As a steward, I do not, therefore, have to contend with building treasures on earth, where moth and rust do destroy. If you have much, you will worry because you do not know what can happen; markets can go awry, property and stocks and share prices can change suddenly. So you see the wisdom of Jesus telling us to store our treasures in heaven.

As a businessman, one of the things I guard against is covetousness. A friend once remarked to me that, in this world, we trade in the currency of Mammon — of money — which is a pagan god. But as believers, knowing that the kingdom of God has come and being part of this kingdom, we must trade in the currency of love.

How do we make that conversion from the currency of money to that of love? Jesus will teach us how.

Do Anxieties Mark Your Life?
In Matthew 6:25–34, Jesus addresses our anxieties and cares of life,
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Is that not the truth?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these….Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:28–34)

Jesus’ words are very comforting to me because I do worry. The last time I looked, I think my business is quite secure. But who can tell? And all businesses have debt. I do not have personal debt, but I have corporate debts. While I think our companies are safe, I have my share of worries.

When I went through the Alpha Course and read the Bible, I found that, personally, the most stirring, piercing statement that Jesus made is in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” This life is not just about the after-life, but our earthly one. When we come to see Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, our life begins anew.

We have a new life and we are renewed as people. It is for me also a journey of transformation

As I look to the Lord to be the way, the truth and the life, I know that the world is full of deception.

The world and its problems can be explained when you read the Bible. They cannot be explained by philosophy, by the prattling of the minds of men or by economics. Economics, for instance, does not tell you about super-greed and evil, which is why there is such exploitation in the world.

Experiencing the Grace of God
My life has changed because of the Lord. I do morning devotions, I pray because there is much I do not understand. I pray for discernment, for guidance.

God makes sense of all situations. He made sense of what I went through with my father just before he passed away.

My father was not a pagan worshipper but he did not have time for God; he was too busy running his business.

He did not object when he knew that I had come to Christ. In fact, he always talked to me about meeting his Maker one day.

But God had a lot of time for my father in the last days of his life during his hospitalization after a fall at home.

A pastor came to the hospital practically every day with my aunt, and spoke to him in his native dialect Heng Hwa, reading to him Psalm 23.

The doctors had told the family that my father, who was in a coma, was brain dead.

They said that he was not going to come out of the coma. But they were wrong.

On the eighth day in the hospital, a Catholic priest came and spoke to him about Jesus.

The priest asked, “Do you believe that Jesus is your Saviour?” And he turned his head twice. He was not brain dead!

Later the doctors acknowledged that he could have turned his head only if he was not brain dead, and they changed the diagnosis.

On the ninth and tenth days, his vital signs improved and he was able to breathe spontaneously.

God gave my father an eleventh-hour opportunity to affirm Jesus Christ.

Ten days compressed, the hospital became a church, and the church was with my father.

My brother Robert was baptised in the hospital on the tenth day because he realised that something had happened; it was the grace of God.

For 60 years my mother was a devotee of the goddess of mercy. But when my father was hospitalized, she stopped.

She welcomed the prayers from the clergy and from the Christian community that was in the hospital.

How do you make sense of this? Only God can. My mother is now baptised and worships at a Methodist church

I have aspirations, like everybody else, to serve the Lord and to share His Gospel. I count myself so blessed to have this journey of transformation.

I know this transformation must always start with oneself. The self must die with the Lord, and be resurrected anew. It now behoves me to be a light for my family and my organization.

I tell my people in the organization that when we do business, we want to do good business and to do good in business.

That is my call to them. But we welcome and certainly include those from other faiths. We hope that our message of love can truly find a place in their hearts.

What is the difference between the time that I did not know Christ and now?

Situations are the same, in a sense, there continues to be turmoil in the world. We continue to be faced with problems and are vulnerable to temptations. What has changed is that there is one certainty: my certainty of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ"


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P: Share with our christian n non christian bros n sis who r busy chasing the corporate/money ladder.
Resonance
Resonance:
Francis - cool as F eh? Pop Star bad boy. XXXX
Lords Servant
Lords Servant:
I had a dream that I was him in a way yrs ago before I was catholic . I was in valley Mede in Maryland, walking down a sidewalk passed a house, and I think I saw I was being followed by animals, and Ltr I crouched down and they were in front of me as I fed them little food. 🐰🦅🐿🦌
Glenn Zetterlind
Glenn Zetterlind:
Assisi is a amazing place. I will go back again.
Francis Mausley
Francis Mausley:
My wonderful namesake... "All the Saints that shine in the history of society had to pass through tribulations. Their form was various but their effect has always been the same, namely, the purification of our heart and soul for receiving the light of God." ~ Lights of Guidance, Baha'i Faith