The Testament of St. Francis of Assisi

The Testament of St. Francis of Assisi by Michael Streich

Francis of Assisi left a legacy best summarized by poverty, compassion, and humility at a time the medieval Church desperately need reform and direction.

Few men impacted Church History or achieved the deep and sincere levels of spirituality as did St Francis of Assisi. Pope Pius XI called him the “second Christ” and in many non-Catholic faith traditions he is viewed as an example of the imitation of Christ. Francis was born at the end of the 12th Century, a time when Christianity was facing internal Church corruption, heretical movements, and the on-going struggle against Islam. In his Testament, Francis bequeathed his order the elements of faith most important to him at a time his own supporters were already altering the simplicity of the Christian experience that Francis preached and lived.

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