This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi (Latin: Francisci Assisiensis) (1181/1182- October 3, 1226) was an Italian monk and preacher. Francis was born to a prosperous mercantilist family, and lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III of Rome in 1210. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear wounds of Christ's Passion. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, and is the namesake of the current Pope. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas Nativity Scene.