Thursday, September 27, 2012

Funny Animals & Kids videos

Funny Animals & Kids videos

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dolphin Birth Caught in Amazing Underwater Video

Dolphin Birth Caught in Amazing Underwater Video LiveScience Staff Date: 25 September 2012 Time: 01:23 PM ET A female dolphin was born at a Hawaiian resort last week and amazing underwater video footage shows the baby's birth and first swim with her mom. The 12-year-old dolphin mom, Keo, gave birth after about an hour of labor in a lagoon at the Dolphin Quest marine park, part of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The video shows Keo's calf slowly emerging tail-first. Once she's born, the baby begins swimming a little erratically but soon glides easily alongside her mom. Dolphin Quest officials said the calf started nursing within four hours of birth. (Dolphin pregnancies like Keo's last about a year, a stint that can be a real drag on the expectant mamas: Past research has shown pregnant dolphins get so hefty they actually swim slower.) The calf is the 18th born at Dolphin Quest since 1988. In addition to the new baby's grandmother, Pele, and dolphin-aunt Noelani, human trainers were in the water to observe and help Keo. [See Video above of Dolphin Birth] "The trust shared between Keo and her human crew members throughout the birth of this beautiful baby was extraordinary," Rae Stone, a marine mammal vet, said in a statement from Dolphin Quest. "Keo clearly sought out and took comfort and reassurance from her human friends. And she willingly swam up to the dock to allow veterinarians to check the baby's heart rate with ultrasound during labor. This permitted the veterinarians to assess the baby's physical condition at a critical time." Trainers plan to name the calf after her initial 30-day care period, during which they will closely watch the baby's nursing and respiration rates and get her acquainted with the other nine dolphins at the marine park.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Keep and Guard your heart

Dear Heavenly Father,

thank you for the plan of victory you have for my life. Thank you for giving me the strength to guard my heart by staying focused on you. Hep me stay focused on my ministry and your thoughts for my life. Amen Pastor Robert Paul~  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
Francis never wanted to found a religious order -- this former knight thought that sounded too military. He thought of what he was doing as expressing God's brotherhood. His companions came from all walks of life, from fields and towns, nobility and common people, universities, the Church, and the merchant class. Francis practiced true equality by showing honor, respect, and love to every person whether they were beggar or pope.

Francis' brotherhood included all of God's creation. Much has been written about Francis' love of nature but his relationship was deeper than that. We call someone a lover of nature if they spend their free time in the woods or admire its beauty. But Francis really felt that nature, all God's creations, were part of his brotherhood. The sparrow was as much his brother as the pope.

In one famous story, Francis preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their wonderful clothes, for their independence, and for God's care. The story tells us the birds stood still as he walked among him, only flying off when he said they could leave.

Another famous story involves a wolf that had been eating human beings. Francis intervened when the town wanted to kill the wolf and talked the wolf into never killing again. The wolf became a pet of the townspeople who made sure that he always had plenty to eat.

Following the Gospel literally, Francis and his companions went out to preach two by two. At first, listeners were understandably hostile to these men in rags trying to talk about God's love. People even ran from them for fear they'd catch this strange madness! And they were right. Because soon these same people noticed that these barefoot beggars wearing sacks seemed filled with constant joy. They celebrated life. And people had to ask themselves: Could one own nothing and be happy? Soon those who had met them with mud and rocks, greeted them with bells and smiles.

Francis did not try to abolish poverty, he tried to make it holy. When his friars met someone poorer than they, they would eagerly rip off the sleeve of their habit to give to the person. They worked for all necessities and only begged if they had to. But Francis would not let them accept any money. He told them to treat coins as if they were pebbles in the road. When the bishop showed horror at the friars' hard life, Francis said, "If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them." Possessing something was the death of love for Francis. Also, Francis reasoned, what could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can't starve a fasting man, you can't steal from someone who has no money, you can't ruin someone who hates prestige. They were truly free.

Francis was a man of action. His simplicity of life extended to ideas and deeds. If there was a simple way, no matter how impossible it seemed, Francis would take it. So when Francis wanted approval for his brotherhood, he went straight to Rome to see Pope Innocent III. You can imagine what the pope thought when this beggar approached him! As a matter of fact he threw Francis out. But when he had a dream that this tiny man in rags held up the tilting Lateran basilica, he quickly called Francis back and gave him permission to preach.

Sometimes this direct approach led to mistakes that he corrected with the same spontaneity that he made them. Once he ordered a brother who hesitated to speak because he stuttered to go preach half-naked. When Francis realized how he had hurt someone he loved he ran to town, stopped the brother, took off his own clothes, and preached instead.

Francis acted quickly because he acted from the heart; he didn't have time to put on a role. Once he was so sick and exhausted, his companions borrowed a mule for him to ride. When the man who owned the mule recognized Francis he said, "Try to be as virtuous as everyone thinks you are because many have a lot of confidence in you." Francis dropped off the mule and knelt before the man to thank him for his advice.
Another example of his directness came when he decided to go to Syria to convert the Moslems while the Fifth Crusade was being fought. In the middle of a battle, Francis decided to do the simplest thing and go straight to the sultan to make peace. When he and his companion were captured, the real miracle was that they weren't killed. Instead Francis was taken to the sultan who was charmed by Francis and his preaching. He told Francis, "I would convert to your religion which is a beautiful one -- but both of us would be murdered."

Francis did find persecution and martyrdom of a kind -- not among the Moslems, but among his own brothers. When he returned to Italy, he came back to a brotherhood that had grown to 5000 in ten years. Pressure came from outside to control this great movement, to make them conform to the standards of others. His dream of radical poverty was too harsh, people said. Francis responded, "Lord, didn't I tell you they wouldn't trust you?"

He finally gave up authority in his order -- but he probably wasn't too upset about it. Now he was just another brother, like he'd always wanted.

Francis' final years were filled with suffering as well as humiliation. Praying to share in Christ's passion he had a vision received the stigmata, the marks of the nails and the lance wound that Christ suffered, in his own body.

Years of poverty and wandering had made Francis ill. When he began to go blind, the pope ordered that his eyes be operated on. This meant cauterizing his face with a hot iron. Francis spoke to "Brother Fire": "Brother Fire, the Most High has made you strong and beautiful and useful. Be courteous to me now in this hour, for I have always loved you, and temper your heat so that I can endure it." And Francis reported that Brother Fire had been so kind that he felt nothing at all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Recent years have witnessed a truly remarkable upgrowth of interest in the life and work of St. Francis, more especially among non-Catholics, and Assisi has become in consequence the goal of a new race of pilgrims. This interest, for the most part literary and academic, is centered mainly in the study of the primitive documents relating to the saint's history and the beginnings of the Franciscan Order.  

Although inaugurated some years earlier, this movement received its greatest impulse from the publication in 1894 of Paul Sabatier's "Vie de S. François", a work which was almost simultaneously crowned by the French Academy and place upon the Index. In spite of the author's entire lack of sympathy with the saint's religious standpoint, his biography of Francis bespeaks vast erudition, deep research, and rare critical insight, and it has opened up a new era in the study of Franciscan resources.  

To further this study an International Society of Franciscan Studies was founded at Assisi in 1902, the aim of which is to collect a complete library of works on Franciscan history and to compile a catalogue of scattered Franciscan manuscripts; several periodicals, devoted to Franciscan documents and discussions exclusively, have moreover been established in different countries. Although a large literature has grown up around the figure of the Poverello within a short time, nothing new of essential value has been added to what was already known of the saint.  

The energetic research work of recent years has resulted in the recovery of several important early texts, and has called forth many really fine critical studies dealing with the sources, but the most welcome feature of the modern interest in Franciscan origins has been the careful re-editing and translating of Francis's own writings and of nearly all the contemporary manuscript authorities bearing on his life. Not a few of the controverted questions connected therewith are of considerable import, even to those not especially students of the Franciscan legend, but they could not be made intelligible within the limits of the present article. It must suffice, moreover, to indicate only some of the chief works on the life of St. Francis.  

The writings of St. Francis have been published in "Opuscula S. P. Francisci Assisiensis" (Quaracchi, 1904); Böhmer, "Analekten zur Geschichte des Franciscus von Assisi" (Tübingen, 1904); U. d'Alençon, "Les Opuscules de S. François d' Assise" (Paris, 1905); Robinson, "The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi" (Philadelphia, 1906).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Some great smiling pictures

Peaceful Sunday to all: Some great smiling pictures - enjoy your Sunday -
Grace & Peace Pastor Robert Paul~

Friday, September 14, 2012

Argentinian dog stays by his master’s grave for six years

Argentinian dog stays by his master’s grave for six years

Capitán found the cemetery by HIMSELF, says owner Miguel Guzmán’s widow, Verónica Moreno. The dog has his own schedule at the grave, too, laying down by his late master at 6 p.m. EVERY day.

Every day at 6 p.m. Capitán lies down beside the grave of his master, Miguel Guzmán.

One Argentinian dog has spent the past six years proving he’s a man’s best friend, even though that man is dead.

Capitán, a mutt who is some parts German Shepard, disappeared from his home in the small town of Villa Carlos Paz in the center of Argentina following the death of his owner, Miguel Guzmán, in March of 2006.
For days, nobody in Guzmán’s family noticed the absence of the dog, a surprise gift the man had given his young son, Damián, in the middle of 2005.

That was, until the family visited Miguel’s grave at a municipal cemetery.

“Damián started to shout that it was Capitán and the dog came toward us barking, as if he were crying,” Guzmán’s wife, Verónica Moreno, told La Voz del Interior, a large Spanish-language newspaper published in the Argentinian province of Córdoba.

Capitán didn’t impress Verónica Moreno, the widow of Miguel Guzmán, but seeing how faithful he has been changed her mind.

Even though the family called to the dog, he stayed by his master’s grave.

This surprised them: Miguel had passed away in a hospital in the city and his body was taken to a funeral home far away from their residence. None of the family members recalled the dog following them to the cemetery before.

“The next Sunday we went to visit Miguel’s grave and the dog was there. This time he followed us when we returned, because we had walked. He stayed with us at home for a while but later went back to the cemetery,” Verónica said.

He has made that cemetery his home for the past six years.

Verónica told La Voz that she didn’t really like the dog when he was living with her. Even when he was brought home as a gift, the woman thought he would cause too much extra housework.
But now that she’s seen the dog stand so loyally by her husband’s grave, she says she views the mutt more sympathetically.

On top of all this, the municipal cemetery’s director, Héctor Baccega, says the dog has a special sense for Miguel and a very particular schedule.

The first time Baccega saw the dog, he arrived at the cemetery alone. The dog then did a couple of laps around the place before finding his master’s grave — all on his own.

“And that’s not all,” Baccega said. “Every day, at six in the evening, he lies in the front of (Miguel’s) grave.”

Capitán vanished from his new home in the center of Argentina to be with his dead owner, Miguel Guzmán, who had been buried in March of 2006.

And even though the dog’s other owner, 13-year-old Damián, fondly remembers receiving Capitán as a puppy when he was a kid, he told the paper he is fine with Capitán’s new living arrangements.
“If he wants to stay there, it’s fine that he remains: he’s taking care of my dad,” he said.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reorganization of the Franciscan Order and death


On September 29, 1220, Francis handed over the governance of the Order to brother Peter Catani at the Porziuncola. However, Brother Peter died only five months later, on March 10, 1221, and was buried in the Porziuncola. When numerous miracles were attributed to the late Peter Catani, people started to flock to the Porziuncola, disturbing the daily life of the Franciscans.

Francis then prayed, asking Peter to stop the miracles and obey in death as he had obeyed during his life. The reports of miracles ceased. Brother Peter was succeeded by Brother Elias as Vicar of Francis. Two years later, Francis modified the "First Rule" (creating the "Second Rule" or "Rule With a Bull"), and Pope Honorius III approved it on November 29, 1223.  As the official rule of the order, it called on the friars "to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience without anything of our own and in chastity." In addition, it set regulations for discipline, preaching, and entry into the order.  Once the rule was endorsed by the Pope, Francis withdrew increasingly from external affairs.[ During 1221 and 1222 Francis crossed Italy, first as far south as Catania in Sicily and afterwards as far north as Bologna.

While he was praying on the mountain of Verna, during a forty-day fast in preparation for Michaelmas (September 29), Francis is said to have had a vision on or about September 14, 1224, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, as a result of which he received the stigmata.  Brother Leo, who had been with Francis at the time, left a clear and simple account of the event, the first definite account of the phenomenon of stigmata. "Suddenly he saw a vision of a seraph, a six-winged angel on a cross. This angel gave him the gift of the five wounds of Christ."  Suffering from these stigmata and from an eye disease, Francis received care in several cities (Siena, Cortona, Nocera) to no avail. In the end, he was brought back to a hut next to the Porziuncola. Here, in the place where it all began, feeling the end approaching, he spent the last days of his life dictating his spiritual testament. He died on the evening of October 3, 1226, singing Psalm 141.

On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX (the former cardinal Ugolino di Conti, friend of St Francis and Cardinal Protector of the Order). The next day, the Pope laid the foundation stone for the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. He was buried on May 25, 1230, under the Lower Basilica. His burial place remained inaccessible until it was reopened in 1818. Pasquale Belli then constructed for his remains a crypt in neo-classical style in the Lower Basilica. It was refashioned between 1927 and 1930 into its present form by Ugo Tarchi, stripping the wall of its marble decorations. In 1978 the remains of St. Francis were identified by a commission of scholars appointed by Pope Paul VI, and put in a glass urn in the ancient stone tomb. Saint Francis is considered the first Italian poet by literary critics. He believed commoners should be able to pray to God in their own language, and he wrote often in the dialect of Umbria instead of Latin. His writings are considered to have great literary and religious value.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saint Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of Animals

Saint Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of Animals

Brother Leo, a companion of Patron Saint Francis of Assisi, left writing (preserved at Assisi) that is a clear and simple account of the miracle of St. Francis receiving the stigmata. Two years before his death, in August 1224, on the top of Mt. Alverna where he had gone to fast of forty days in honor of the archangel Michael (commonly called Michaelmas) the sufferings of Christ became the focus of St. Francis Patron's meditations more so than in previous times. He saw what appeared as a seraph with six bright wings gleaming like a fire descending from heaven. As this figure approached in swift flight it appeared not only winged but also crucified. The sight of it amazed St. Francis and he was joyous with the sight of Christ appearing to him so graciously and intimately. When the vision vanished after a mysterious and intimate conversation between Francis and our Lord Jesus left Francis in ecstasy in his soul. Externally, however, he retained marks on his body like those of the Crucified Christ. The figures of the nails appeared immediately on his hands and feet. The heads of the nails were inside his hands but on top of his feet with their points extending through to the opposite side. His right side too showed a blood-red wound as if it had been pierced by a lance where blood flowed frequently.

Because of this new unheard of and astounding miracle, St. Francis Patron came down from the mountain a new man adorned with the Sacred Stigmata, bearing the image of the Crucified in his body, not made by a craftsman in wood or stone but fashioned by the hand of the living God.

There were earlier times when St. Francis statehood was prevalent in his treatment and kinship with animals; his unerring distribution of passion to the poor and the teaching of his brethren. He wanted to persuade the emperor to make a special law that men should provide well for the birds and the beasts, as well as for the poor, so that all might have occasion to rejoice in the Lord.

There are countless stories of how St. Francis Protector of Animals tamed the wild beasts, grew kinship with birds or paid homage to flowers and referred to Brother Sun (or life itself) and Sister Moon (the night or a direct referral to his friend and fellow patron Saint Clare of Assisi.) Many stories of Saint Francis of Assisi were gathered in the Little Flowers of Saint Francis written by Brother Ugolino

During the Christmastide of 1223 St. Francis Patron conceived the idea of celebrating the Nativity by reproducing the stable of Bethlehem in a church at Greccio. Because of the popularity of that event St. Francis has become regarded as having inaugurated the devotion to the Crib. Christmas appears to be an additional feast of Francis. It is said when the hay from the manger built inside the church was saved and later fed to ailing animals those animals recovered their illness.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleventh anniversary of 9/11

We remember the men and women we lost in NYC, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania eleven years ago on a day that changed our nation forever. We will never forget. On this eleventh anniversary of 9/11, we also remember with gratitude those who have sacrificed to defend our country and keep us safe every day since then. God bless America.

Monday, September 10, 2012


This copy of the First Letter to the Faithful Penitents was written by St. Francis of Assisi in 1215 as a way of life for the brothers and sisters of the Order of Penitents has became the basic document for tertiary penitents then as well as now.

"In the name of the Lord! Those Who Do Penance ....All who love the Lord with their whole heart, their whole soul and mind, and with their strength, (Mt. 12.-30) and love their neighbor as themselves, (Mt. 22.-39) and who despise the tendency in their humanity to sin, receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and bring forth from within themselves fruits worthy of true penance.
"How happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things, and persevere in doing them because "the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them, and the Lord will make "His home and dwelling place with them. They are the children of the Heavenly Father whose works they do."

LETTER TO SAINT ANTHONYAccording to the Chronicle of the Twenty-Four Generals, the friars asked Brother Anthony of Padua to accept the responsibility of teaching the brothers. Brother Anthony was a former Augustinian who entered the Order after the martyrdom of the first friars. Brother Anthony refused to teach without first obtaining the permission of Blessed Francis. St. Francis of Assisi replied (quote)

"I, Brother Francis, send wishes of health to Brother Anthony, my bishop. It pleases me that you teach sacred theology to the brothers, as long as in the words of the Rule you "do not extinguish the Spirit of prayer and devotion" with study of this kind".

St. Anthony of Padua was a young man when he died. Padua was his last home on earth. His relics rest in Padua, his last home on earth. Anthony was a contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi and his most illustrious disciple.

The Testament of St Francis
In the Testament of St. Francis, written near the end of his life, he reflected on his past and the unique way in which God touched him. "so that we may observe in a more Catholic manner which we have promised to the Lord."

Francis warned his brothers against looking on this document as "another rule" yet the Testament has been held as an expression of the profound wisdom and vision of the Seraphic Father and of his care and concern for those who would follow him.

Excerpts from: The Testament of St. Francis (first paragraphs)
"The Lord granted me, Brother Francis, to begin to do penance in this way: While I was in sin, it seemed very bitter to me to see lepers. And the Lord Himself led me among them and I had mercy upon them. And when I left them that which seemed bitter to me was changed into sweetness of soul and body; and afterward I lingered a little and left the world. And the Lord gave me such faith in churches that I would simply pray and speak in this way: "We adore You, Lord Jesus Christ, in all Your churches throughout the world, and we bless You, for through Your holy cross You have redeemed the world." St Francis quote
(final paragraphs) "And whoever shall have observed these things, may he be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father and on earth with the blessing of His beloved Son with the most Holy Spirit the Paraclete and with all the powers of heaven and all the saints. And I, little brother Francis, your servant, inasmuch as I can, confirm for you this most holy blessing both within and without. (quotes of St. Francis of Assisi)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Animals are frequently mentioned throughout scripture.

Animals are frequently mentioned throughout scripture. As example:

Proverbs 12:10, "The righteous man regards the life of his beast." Genesis 9, after the flood, it is mentioned five times that "I will make a covenant with you and with all living creatures."
Deuteronomy 22 and Exodus 23, "If you see an animal that is overburdened, you should lighten its load to help it." Job 12: 7-10, "Ask the birds, ask the beasts and they will teach you."

Saint Frances Patron of Animals so loved the animals we remember him as a friend and protector to them. Legends have left up with idyllic pictures of how beasts and birds were susceptible to the charm of St. Francis' gentle ways, how they entered companion with him and often felt protected by him. It is said birds listened so reverently to his sermon along the road near Bevagna Francis chided himself for not having thought to preach to them before. He also found great delight and solace in simple things such as the rising sun or flowers, all aspects of nature.

One of the earliest legends of St. Francis speaks of a fierce wolf near the town of Gubbio who was eating animals and humans because he was starving. The entire town was afraid to go outside the town walls until St. Francis--convincing the people the wolf's hunger was what caused him to do wrong--met with the wolf, blessed it and is reported to have said, " Brother Wolf, you have done great harm to this region, not only destroying other creatures without mercy, but you even have the brazenness to kill and devour human beings made in the image of God. You deserve severe punishment; but I want to make peace between you and the town, so that they will not be harmed by you anymore and after they have forgiven you, neither men or dogs will pursue you any more." The wolf indicated it would accept these terms, and offered his paw as a sign. St. Francis of the animals said, "I promise that the town will feed you every day; I know that what you did, you did out of hunger." The town promised to do what the saint had bargained, and having adopted the wolf, and fed him until the day he died. (Story compiled from 'the Little Flowers of St, Francis of Assisi, the website of the Franciscan Friars and Catholic Encyclopedia)

The Little Flowers of St. Francis by Brother Ugolino is a collection of many stories and legends of the life of St. Francis. This is a sample of St. Francis sermon to the birds: "My little sisters the birds, ye owe much to God, your Creator, and ye ought to sing his praise at all times and in all places, because he has given you liberty to fly about into all places; and though ye neither spin nor sew, he has given you a twofold and a threefold clothing for yourselves and for your offspring. Two of all your species he sent into the Ark with Noah that you might not be lost to the world; besides which, he feeds you, though ye neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favored you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God." St. Francis-c 1220

On October 4 St. Francis Feast Day in many parishes animals and pets are blessed as groups and as individuals.

The Roman Ritual - The Book of Blessings Approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See. 942 According to the providence of the Creator, many animals have a certain role to play in human existence by helping with work or providing food and clothing. Thus when the occasion arises, for example, the feast of some saint, the custom of invoking God's blessing on animals may be continued.

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 or 1182 – died: October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis. Though he was never ordained into the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he begged with the beggars at St. Peter's. The experience moved him to live in poverty.  Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His order was endorsed by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which was an enclosed order for women, as well as the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance.

In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the order. Once his organization was endorsed by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene. In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died in 1226 while preaching Psalm 141.

On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of Siena), and it is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene

The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi