The real St. Francis of Assisi
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The best way to know the REAL Francis is to read the Little Flowers of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano, who knew him personally and was a fellow friar, one of the first. The stories might be a little embellished, I don't know, but it's the oldest source we have.

Francis picked up the scriptures and read Christ's admonition to the rich young man – to sell everything he had and to give to the poor, and follow Him. Francis was a preacher, a beggar, a miracle worker, a lover of creation, a troubadour, and the first stigmatist, that we know of. He was a lover of souls. His only goal was to imitate Christ perfectly, if that meant being gentle at times, or firm at times.

St. Francis is the most popular saint in history, even among non-Catholics. Why? I believe it was his simplicity, and of course the love of Christ within him. It has been written that he was the man who most resembled Christ. I once heard the testimony of a former Baptist turned Catholic convert, who once hated everything Catholic --- except Saint Francis! it was his love of Francis that made him investigate the Catholic faith. He figured, well, the Catholics have St. Francis... so they can't be ALL bad!

Yes, the hippies and peaceniks have made him their poster boy. That is the prevailing image and ethos even among some Franciscans today. I'm not interested in promoting the stereotypes, the hippie or Voris's “He-Man.” I would just point people to his biographies.

I once had the St. Francis Omnibus of Sources, two red volumes as thick as telephone books.. containing not only the hagiographies but also Francis' own writings and his original Rule. It was a complete work.. and a complete picture. 
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