My Life And Racis's Life: St. Francis

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Throughout Francis’s life, he had many struggles and achievements. He had many issues in trying to find out whom he was and what he was going to do with his life. He tried to make is parents proud of him but didn’t succeed. He also tried doing things that men did in his culture but didn’t succeed either. He went through many different events, which lead to the decisions that led him to become the person we call St. Francis today. My life and Francis’s life have a few similarities. We were both trying to figure out what to do in life and find our purpose. We both didn’t want to disappoint our parents because of the choices that we made. Francis tried to follow what everyone usually did during his lifetime and he eventually found his way in …show more content…
His father would explain to him how exciting it was to be a knight and that had an influence Francis to become a knight. Francis tried to be a knight. So he saddled up in fine armor purchased by his dad and headed out to war in a local skirmish between Assisi and a neighboring town; that is what young men from Assisi did if they wanted to earn the respect of their elders (Sweeney, 2014, pg. 34). Being a knight was something that most men wanted to do because it was a chance to be able to protect their village. They exalted romantic love to great heights; they personified love, comparing it to a knight, a crusader, a treasure- seeker; and they wrote of chivalry and fidelity in verse that was often put to a song (Sweeney, 2014, p. 25). Men thought that being a knight would help them provide a future such as be put in a high class and getting a wife. Francis thought he would be able to be a knight but the outcome wasn’t what he expected. He wasn’t erect and confidents, and he wasn’t a horseman. It turned out that his armor was readier for battle than he was, and he soon returned home, slightly wounded or humiliated, possibly both (Sweeney, 2014, pg. 34). Francis ended up not being the kind of knight that he or his father expected. He ends up embarrassing the whole family because he ended up hurt during war. He saw that being a knight wasn’t meant for him. He wasn’t able to do the things that …show more content…
32). In the beginning, Francis wanted everyone to accept him; he thought he wanted everyone to know him. He just wanted to have fun and to have people always around him. He was the life of the party and always had people around, but it left him feeling profoundly empty (Sweeney, 2014, pg. 33). This shows that even though he had all of these people around him, he actually didn’t feel any special. When Francis was a prisoner of war, he had the time to think about everything and figure out who he wanted to be. When he was released from prison, he knew that he was leaning towards being with God. He had an interaction with his biggest fear, which was a leper, which his kissed. During this time, he knew that this is what he wanted to do which was giving his life to poverty (Egler, October 2015). We wanted to give up the money and power that his dad had planned for him. He could have followed what others from his class and status had done but heading to the cloister (Sweeney, 2014, pg. 23). He wanted to live a life based on poverty, which meant that he wanted to give up everything and give it to people who needed it the most. Since he wanted to show that he didn’t want anything, he ends up stripping in the village square. Even when Francis goes to Rome, he ends up taking the cloths of a beggar, which changed his world view (Egler,

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