Lifelong CatechesisForming Catholic identity across generations
For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.
Francis of Assisi, Layman
Born the son of a wealthy merchant, Francis spent his youth in extravagant living and pleasure-seeking. Although he lavishly spent his money, he was also generous. Francis never refused a beggar who asked for alms for the love of God. Stricken by a long and serious illness, which he bore with great patience, Francis recovered and for a while returned to his former way of life. But he found that he no longer had the heart for it. Francis had a vision of Christ who told him to "build up my house, for it is nearly falling down." He dedicated himself to serving the Church by calling it to simpler faith. His influence was widespread.