His father, Pietro Bernardone, was a wealthy Assisian cloth merchant. Of his mother, Pica, little is known, but she is said to have belonged to a noble family of Provence. Francis was one of several children. The legend that he was born in a stable dates from the fifteenth century only, and appears to have originated in the desire of certain writers to make his life resemble that of Christ. At baptism the saint received the name of Giovanni, which hisfather afterwards altered to Francesco, through fondness it would seem for France, whither business had led him at the time of his son’s birth. In any case, since the child was renamed in infancy, the change can hardly have had anything to do with his aptitude for learning French, as some have thought.
Seraphim on Destruction of Advent Alan J. Perrick on Destruction of Advent Fr. Richard E Desroc… on Destruction of Advent Father Gregory on Matins by Fr. Pius Parsch Taffy on Matins by Fr. Pius Parsch
Follow me on TwitterMy Tweets
Category CloudAnglican Breviary Book of Common Prayer De Sacramentis Hugh of St. Victor Little Flower Liturgical Year Mary Maternity Monastic Office Motherhood Ordo Psalmody Roman Breviary Rubrics Saint Francis of Assis Saints Sarum Scripture Simple Kalendar Sin & Salvation St. Benedict St. Therese of Lisieux theology Theotokos Uncategorized