Quotes by St. Francis of Assisi

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Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
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.
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
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.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.

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