10th August 2016



One day, as usual, Francis was in his shop preoccupied with selling cloth when a beggar appeared asking alms for the love of God. Francis, deep in his dreams of riches, ignored him. Then, as the beggar shuffled away, the young Francis, touched by divine grace, began to reproach himself for what he had done, thinking, “If that poor man had asked you to contribute something in the name of some count or great baron, you’d have accommodated him, for sure. Shouldn’t you have been even more eager to do so in the name of the King of Kings, the Lord of the Universe?” And with that thought in mind, he promised himself from that moment on never to refuse a request made in the name of the Lord. Then he called the poor man back and gave him a handsome sum of money.


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