St. Francis - whose name I share - has always been a hero to me.
When my faith wavered, G. K. Chesterton's biography of St. Francis was one of the books that saved me.
The focus on Christ, and on the Church, the Bible, and Tradition.
The order's devotion to Mary.
The gifts of Humility and Poverty.
The first Christmas Crèche.
Reaching out to the lepers.
The appreciation of the common man and woman, and of their spirituality.
Brothers and Sisters throughout all of creation.
The Wolf of Gubbio and the Sermon to the Birds.
The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.
St. Francis's meeting with the Sultan of Egypt to seek peace.
Being a Troubadour for God.
Being a Fool for Christ.
Pax et bonum