St. Francis Of Assisi Franciscan Medal 925 Sterling Silver Patron Animals
Saint Francis - Saint patron of animals
Fantastic silver medal. Perfect pendant for your rosary or your chain. Special item. An unusual image of St. Francis.
Size : 5/8" about 0.63" (not including bail)
Sterling silver 925
Lifetime guarantee finish - Sterling Silver finish will not tarnish.
Patronage: patron Saint of Italy & Animals and ecology
This medal has been blessed by Pope Francis during public mass in Saint Peter Square.
This auction includes an organza bag to store your keepsake.
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
In one famous story, Francis preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their wonderful clothes, for their independence, and for God's care. The story tells us the birds stood still as he walked among him, only flying off when he said they could leave.
Another famous story involves a wolf that had been eating human beings. Francis intervened when the town wanted to kill the wolf and talked the wolf into never killing again. The wolf became a pet of the townspeople who made sure that he always had plenty to eat.
Years of poverty and wandering had made Francis ill. When he began to go blind, the pope ordered that his eyes be operated on. This meant cauterizing his face with a hot iron. Francis spoke to "Brother Fire": "Brother Fire, the Most High has made you strong and beautiful and useful. Be courteous to me now in this hour, for I have always loved you, and temper your heat so that I can endure it." And Francis reported that Brother Fire had been so kind that he felt nothing at all.
How did Francis respond to blindness and suffering? That was when he wrote his beautiful Canticle of the Sun that expresses his brotherhood with creation in praising God.
Francis never recovered from this illness. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered the founder of all Franciscan orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.