St. Francis of Assisi was a man in love with God and with all of His creation
And out of that love he gave himself completely to God and His people as God had completely given of Himself in His Son Jesus Christ and as God continues to do so in the Eucharist.
This poverello (“little poor man”) gave away all that he had in order to know and to follow the Lord more closely and his life of Gospel joy soon attracted other men to follow him and live as he did- brothers who shared everything and supported each other on their spiritual journey.
St. Francis had a profound impact on the Church and the world, and he did it simply by authentically living the Gospel life as God was calling him to- loving and caring for all of God’s creatures without exception and seeing himself as brother to every person and even everything in the world. Therefore, he had a special love for the poor and those who were on the margins of society and his countless followers since then have worked to do the same in their own way. As St. Francis said as he lay dying, “I have done my part- may Christ teach you to do yours.”