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The Real St. Francis of Assisi Was Not a Garden Gnome...
New Advent ^ | 9/27/12 | Fr. George William Rutler

Posted on 09/28/2012 6:22:16 AM PDT by marshmallow

On October 4, we shall give thanks for one of the best known and least known of all saints. Least known, that is, because Francis of Assisi was not a garden gnome, or a doe-eyed hippy skipping with animals and hugging trees. Garden gnomes do not bear the Stigmata of Christ's wounds.

A vegetarian? He berated a friar for wanting to abstain from meat on a feast day and said that on Christmas he would “smear the wall with meat.”

An iconoclast? He was meticulous in the ceremonials of the Mass, insisting that every sacred vessel and vestment be the best, and his Rule dismissed any friar who parted from the Pope on the slightest article of Faith.

A pacifist? He joined the Fifth Crusade, simmering ever since eleven thousand Muslims had invaded Rome and desecrated the tombs of Peter and Paul in the year 846. He went to North Africa in 1219 to convert the Muslims and confronted Sultan al Malik al-Kamil, who had just slaughtered five thousand Christians at Damietta. Francis fearlessly told the Sultan: “It is just that Christians invade the land you inhabit, for you blaspheme the name of Christ and alienate everyone you can from His worship.” While counselors called for the beheading of Francis according to Muslim law, the Sultan was so taken with the humility of Francis that he only had him beaten, chained and imprisoned, and then he released him.

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1 posted on 09/28/2012 6:22:19 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Muslims slaughtered 5000 Christians?? Naw...That would pretty make Muhammed the Hitler of the Muslim world. Who knew....WE ALL KNOW !!!!


2 posted on 09/28/2012 6:30:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: marshmallow
So when Anthony looks kindly at that bird...he's really trying to figure out how many of these "pigeons" will make lunch.

Always loved St. Anthony. Had a nice statue of him in the 60's.

3 posted on 09/28/2012 6:35:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: marshmallow

St. Francis Ping!

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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;
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.

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.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 6:36:05 AM PDT by folkquest (Nothing is fool-proof because fools are so ingenious!)
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To: marshmallow

Whoops....Post 2 & 3...Meant St. Francis


5 posted on 09/28/2012 6:37:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: folkquest

Did you read the article? It claims that the poem you posted, attributed to St Francis, surfaced in 1912, and is not actually of St Francsis at all, and is also of questionable theology.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 6:47:28 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL

Isn’t St. Anthony the saint who may help you find things that are lost?


7 posted on 09/28/2012 6:49:54 AM PDT by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: Sacajaweau
I was always rather fond of this conversation which St. Francis had with God about the stupidity of growing grass.
8 posted on 09/28/2012 7:15:25 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: folkquest

Isn’t Post 4 the ‘Saint Francis hymn’ that Rutler debunked as having been written in 1912 and having contained semi-Pelagian heresy?


9 posted on 09/28/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Red Boots

Hello, sis. Funny that we posted almost exactly the same comments. hahah.


10 posted on 09/28/2012 8:02:15 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: marshmallow

***... simmering ever since eleven thousand Muslims had invaded Rome and desecrated the tombs of Peter and Paul in the year 846.***

Interesting how this incident is passed over or forgotten by many who teach history. I did not know about it till I read a history of the Christian Church about 25 years ago.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 8:12:12 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

great point !


12 posted on 09/28/2012 8:43:06 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John Galt's cousin
St Anthony never has disappointed me when I pray for lost items....it may take years. I lost my engagement ring and prayed to St Anthony...I figured someone came in the house and stole it as I took my rings off sometimes washing dishes...And then after a coupleof years gave up on ever finding it....I cleaned out the back shelf of my closet a couple of years ago, found a Christmas music box with a Santa and revolving tree, gifts etc. My daughter in law gave it to us before she married my son...she made it herself....Sitting on the base of the Christmas tree was my ring....must have put it there a couple of years earlier when I took it off to do dishes....

My mother in law lost a pair of her favorite ear rings...I found them the following year when I was cutting the lawn...they had laid there all winter and no one spotted them the prior summer...you find what you ask for, but you'll be surprised where you find it....He never fails.. My mother in law had never been in the middle of my front lawn, but thats where I found them....St Anthony never fails..:O)

13 posted on 09/28/2012 5:59:49 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

“St Anthony never has disappointed me when I pray for lost items....it may take years. I lost my engagement ring and prayed to St Anthony...I figured someone came in the house and stole it as I took my rings off sometimes washing dishes...And then after a coupleof years gave up on ever finding it....I cleaned out the back shelf of my closet a couple of years ago, found a Christmas music box with a Santa and revolving tree, gifts etc. My daughter in law gave it to us before she married my son...she made it herself....Sitting on the base of the Christmas tree was my ring....must have put it there a couple of years earlier when I took it off to do dishes....”

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We have a similar story. My wife lost her engagement ring during a Christmas party at our house. We searched the house, including going through all of the garbage with a ‘fine tooth comb’.

Two years later, after I had finally been able to replace the ring, she was putting on the dress wool pants that she had worn when she lost the ring. She felt something in the waist band of the pants. Apparently she put the ring in the pocket while at the sink. The ring got wedged in a tiny crevice created in the overlapping fabric of the waist band above the pocket. It was still there, despite trips to the dry cleaner.

I can’t get her to sell either of them.


14 posted on 09/29/2012 7:25:22 AM PDT by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: John Galt's cousin
I can’t get her to sell either of them.********

As the old song goes......A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girls best friend.... diamonds are for collecting not selling, she is a smart lady...:O)

15 posted on 09/29/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: marshmallow
Maybe ...

... but they look pretty chummy to me ...

16 posted on 09/29/2012 10:08:23 AM PDT by x
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To: goat granny

My cousins wife, a Sicilian, started selling Insurance after they got married went Gault early, Diamods and Gold. She was on the million dollar round table member for 20 years.

Her father was a School Janitor, used to refer to me as Irish, Swamp Yankee would have been more correct.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 10:13:38 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill
My brother in law was Sicilian also and one of the greatest guys going...loved him dearly until he passed on. I once asked him the difference between Sicilian and Italian...his answer could not be posted on FR but I still laugh at it...My mothers side of the family are from County Mayo in Ireland...beautiful country and there are 2 kinds of people in this world.......those that are Irish and those that wish they were Irish....at least thats what my Irish mother told me...:O),,

the idea of a perfect gift (for me) is a champagne glass full of cut but unset diamonds....I asked Santa one year for that and he laughed so hard I fell off his lap....oh wait, that was my husband.

18 posted on 09/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny
Anything South of Rome are Brutti and Turks, my stepfather, the Northerners are all Germans, see above.

My family is English with a mixture of Scots Irish, Ulster, and Papists, also Ulster, who hate each other for no known reason even though they share the same last name.

To complicate matters I married a Polock who was half Lithuanian and they hate each other for no known reason, to argue this was a great opportunity for a fight at the White Eagle.

The way out was for me was to argue Salem, Mass, 1628.

19 posted on 09/29/2012 11:38:11 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill

LOL I would love to see that family tree on paper, if it were even possible to make one.....:O)Have a great week-end....GG


20 posted on 09/29/2012 11:52:39 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: bboop

I guess great DNA does think alike !


21 posted on 09/29/2012 6:41:47 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Red Boots

Ha, I mean, really — the article had just said that!!

When we were first Catholics, we went to NYC that next day! Drove past this pretty little church - small, dark, you could see a zillion candles. I said, “That is the church I want to attend while we are here.” We went there and it was Father George Rutler, who wrote this particular article and we knew well from EWTN. Such a pretty church.

He showed us around. There had been a tour of old Byzantine icons in NYC, and he had seen this one - Christ Pantokrator - and hired a Chinese atheist artist to paint it over the altar. It is like Christ hovering over the entire chapel, quite beautiful By the time the artist was done, HE had become Catholic.


22 posted on 09/30/2012 7:32:19 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: marshmallow
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Prayer of Saint Francis of Assissi

Lord, make me am instrument of your 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 saddness, 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.

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.
Amen.

Saint Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He lived and preached a life of poverty and love of God to all men. He founded the religious Order of the Franciscans; with St. Clare, he founded the Order of the Poor Clares; and the Third Order for lay people. He died in 1226.

23 posted on 09/30/2012 8:08:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

“Lord, let me be a instrument of Your peace. If necessary, using swords.”


24 posted on 09/30/2012 8:14:25 PM PDT by RichInOC (Jesus is coming back soon...and man, is He ticked off. (I'm trying to keep it clean.))
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