Blessings from Assisi

One of my dearest friends is visiting the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy.  (He likes to be stealth, so I'll just say, "Thank you, Friend!  You know who you are!")  He sent me this amazing panoramic photo this morning.  (Click on image above to enlarge.)  I was inspired to share this far-off, beautiful place with you, along with some of my favorite Saint Francis quotes to help carry you through the rest of your week ...

For it is in giving that we receive.

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.
— Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis has been admired throughout history by Christians and non-Christians, and is revered by Catholics as the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology.  He is also the namesake of our current beloved Pope, and "Francis" is the baptismal name of my late feisty and funny "Grampa Brecht."  In fact many years ago during a trip to Italy, I happened to be visiting the Basilica of Saint Francis and lighting a candle in honor of Grampa on the very day he passed, which I wasn't informed of until several days later.  It was one of those life experiences that taught me there are no coincidences.

Here's a short video if you'd like to learn more about the life of Saint Francis.

Now it's your turn.  Who do you admire and what's one of your favorite quotes?  Please share in the comments below.  Remember, whatever you feel inclined to share is exactly what someone else out there needs to hear.

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