7 Things You Didn’t Know About Saint Francis of Assisi

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys explore some of the little known facts about Saint Francis of Assisi.

Episode 108:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• What was St. Francis’ REAL name?
• Why was St. Francis in prison?
• The famous quote attributed to Francis that he NEVER said
• The epic challenge Francis made to the Islamic Sultan
• Why did Francis strip naked in the public square?
• and much more


5 comments on 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Saint Francis of Assisi

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    He is one of my favorite saints after St. John and St. Joseph. He has been since I was a kid because of his love for animals, and I include St. Bernadette and St. Joan of Arc too on my personal list of favorite saints. I pray to St. Michael the Archangel daily. I have friends who buried a St. Francis statue upside down in their backyard in order to sell their home. Well, it still hasn’t sold and I asked them to put his statue in a place of honor within their home instead, and try that. I wonder how that particular crazy legend started. Hopefully, St. Francis has a sense of humor.

    RD that was a good description of St. Francis as ‘Bling’ before his conversion. He was a wild rich boy that is his legend and his pre-history before his conversion. I remember that from reading about him long ago. The euphoria from freedom of possessions you mentioned Fr. Rich has been part of my downsizing and donating clothes and accessories, etc. in the last few years. It is just stuff. How much stuff does one need? We sure as hell can’t take any of it with us no matter what those Egyptian pharaohs thought way back when.

    What an amazing life as I can’t imagine living that penuriously. God provided and evidently St. Francis had full faith in him that he would provide for his welfare while preaching. You are right RS he was literally repairing a church and laying the groundwork for the Franciscans metaphorically. Thank you Fr. Rich for the tip of St. Bonaventure’s writings on the life of St. Francis. I didn’t know St. Francis was a contemporary of St. Dominic. His visit to the Islamic Sultan was an incredibly brave feat! It could have ended in him being tortured and killed but it didn’t. The Franciscans are the protectors of the Holy Land in perpetuity because of his visit. Humility is common among the saints. What a humble simple life he lived. He walked in Jesus footsteps and I could never walk in the footsteps of St. Francis.

    What a beautiful ending prayer. Thank you Fr. Rich.

    “But let those who boast in this [their wealth] that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth, for in those things I delight, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:24

    Stay safe and stay healthy,

  2. Okorie ofoke fidelis says:

    Please I need to more about Catholic

  3. Catherine Oliveri says:

    I love Saint Francis. There is a very good audio drama put out by Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. It’s about 4 hours long and it is performed by well known actors and produced by Paul Mc Custer. It is really phenomenal! The actors do such a great job of bringing the characters to life. You feel like you are watching a movie. If you have the opportunity to listen to it, it is definitely worth your while. Thank you for doing this podcast!

  4. Great show guys. Thanks

  5. Donna Beedy says:

    I learned a lot about Saint Francis and loved this podcast. Thank you and keep the hits coming.

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