20 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi was in his early 20’s when he left behind a life of riches and vanity to live a life of Truth, Love, Faith, and Humility. His story is incredibly beautiful but his love for simplicity, humility, and service is even more beautiful.

I have been to Assisi 3 times and I felt the Love and Peace this incredible being left behind. I got to swim in the same love he swam. And thanks to him, I also got to experience that Peace… that incredible Peace that surpasses all understanding.

I hope these quotes of St. Francis of Assisi will inspire you to live a better life and become an even more wonderful human being.

20 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Francis of Assisi

1. Your walking should be your preaching

“There is no use in walking anywhere to preach if your walking isn’t your preaching.” ~ St. Francis Of Assisi

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”

2. Knowledge not applied is meaningless

“A man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

3. We have been called to heal wounds

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

4. Patience and humility banish all worry and anger

“Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

5. All Saints have a past. All sinners have a future

“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.” ~ St Francis of Assisi

Blessing of St. Francis of Assisi

6. We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

7. Keep a clear eye toward life’s end

“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

“Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give.”

8. Love is the way

“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.”

9. Patience reaps great rewards

‘My dear son, be patient because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.”

10. The enemy is not Out there, the enemy is In you

“No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.”

20 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Francis

11. What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

12. Love is Inclusive, not Exclusive

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

13. Start by doing what’s necessary

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

14. Light is much more powerful than darkness

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

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”

15. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

Life-Changing Lessons

16. Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. ~ St. Francis Of Assisi

17. Just do your best

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.”

18. True progress moves along quietly and persistently

“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

19. A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world

“A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment.”

20. Let nothing disturb your inner peace

“By the anxieties and worries of this life, satan tries to dull man’s heart and make a dwelling for himself there.”

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.

BONUS: More of St. Francis of Assisi Quotes

“I am as I am in the eyes of God. Nothing more, nothing less.” ~ St.Francis of Assisi

“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”

“Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.”

“Preach the Gospels everyday & only if you have to…use words.”

“Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no better when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, simple, and despicable; for what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more.”

~love, Luminita💫

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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