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Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He is a former news editor at and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on and A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com.
1 posted on 03/22/2013 3:48:56 PM PDT by NYer
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The Robe of St. Francis

St. Francis was so committed to the Church that he vowed to remain within it, even should he face persecution from its clergy.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 3:50:09 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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Very cool. I fondly remember reading about various Saints while on retreat. Saint Francis was one.

3 posted on 03/22/2013 3:54:21 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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4 posted on 03/22/2013 5:12:38 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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Finding St. Francis (we don't hear much about the saint who submitted to Church authority)
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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.

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.

5 posted on 03/23/2013 10:45:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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