"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" - Mark 16:15

Francis of Assisi Quotes

Quotes by Francis of Assisi

"For it is in giving that we receive."

"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."

"Where there is injury let me sow pardon."

"Preach the gospel everyday; if necessary, use words."

"Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love."

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."

"Grant that we may not so much seek to be understood as to understand."

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

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love."

"It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look."

"Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with great humility. Amen."

"I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."

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

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

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

"Being the servant of all, I am bound to serve all and to administer the balm-bearing words of my Lord."

"We ought not to be “wise according to the flesh” and prudent, but we ought rather to be simple, humble, and pure."

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

"If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed."

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

"Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging."

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."

"Those who will not taste how sweet the Lord is and who love darkness rather than the light, not wishing to fulfil the commandments of God are cursed: of them it is said by the prophet: “They are cursed who decline from Thy commandments.” But, O how happy and blessed are those who love the Lord, who do as the Lord Himself says in the Gospel: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and . . . thy neighbor as thyself.”

"Let those who have received the power of judging others, exercise judgment with mercy, as they hope to obtain mercy from the Lord For let judgment without mercy be shown to him that doth not mercy. Let us then have charity and humility and let us give alms because they wash souls from the foulness of sins. For men lose all which they leave in this world; they carry with them, however, the reward of charity and alms which they have given, for which they shall receive a recompense and worthy remuneration from the Lord."


Compiled by Thomas George








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