Book Review : ' Keep Me Safe, O God ' Essay

1170 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Marino Caracciolo
“Keep me safe, O God, in you I take refuge.”

St Francis of Assisi was born on September 26, 1182 in Assisi, Italy. He was born into a very rich family. He was spoiled and his parents didn’t discipline him. As a result of his free reign, he became a troubled child where he drank at a very early age, he partied, and was very rebellious. His parents didn’t seem to think that the way Francis was acting at a young age was a bad thing and didn’t think to reprimand him. He was later taken as a prisoner of war and was held up for ransom. Francis waited for his father to pay for him to be release, his father never did. In prison, Francis began to have visions that were from God. He was released from prison and immediately turned toward God. Instead of partying and drinking, he now spent most of his time praying at his mountain hideaway and helping sickly people such as lepers. One day while at the Church of San Damiano, Francis listened to Christ’s voice and Francis was told to rebuilt the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. So Francis, obeying Jesus’ words, sold everything he owned and became poor. Attempting to rebuild the Church, Francis sold some of his father’s cloth and his horse and soon after his father became infuriated and took Francis before the bishop. The bishop advised Francis to give back the money to his father. Francis did just that but he also stripped himself of his clothes and handed them to his father saying to him that God was…

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