Francis of Assisi 1181 – 1226 was a Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He is one of the most revered religious figures in history. 
He was canonised a saint in 1228. 
‘Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible’ 
‘Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love’ 
‘A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows’ 
‘Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self’ 
‘For it is in giving that we receive’ 
‘While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart’ 
‘No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves’ 
‘All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle’ 
‘For it is in giving that we receive’ 
‘Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love’ 
‘Where there is injury let me sow pardon’ 
‘It is not fitting, when one is in Gods service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look’ 
‘Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance’ 
‘It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching’ 
‘If God can work through me, he can work through anyone’ 
‘Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words’ 
‘Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth’ 
‘The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure’ 
‘Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy’ 
‘He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist’ 
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