|About the Book|
“Francis, go and repair My house, which, as you see, is falling completely into ruin.” In 1205, St. Francis of Assisi heard this command three times while in prayer in the Church of San Damiano. And though he died at only 45, St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) had drawn around him, through the example of his humility and his purity, a vast number of followers, who became the start of the Franciscan Order. It was through his order that he was able to faithfully fulfill the command to repair not only a small chapel in Assisi, but the entire church of the known world. His communities lived out a radical commitment to the Gospel message of poverty and in the process left a legacy that has captured the imagination of both believer and non-believer throughout the ages.