St. Francis and Lepers

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
“Formerly Francis could neither touch nor even look at lepers; indeed, his aversion to them was so strong that if by chance he happened to pass anywhere near their dwellings or to see one of the lepers, he would turn his face away and hold his nose. But, strengthened by God’s grace, he was enabled to obey God’s command and to love what he had hated: what had been so repugnant to him had really and truly been turned into something pleasant. Francis now abhorred the riches that he had hitherto wrongfully loved. In consequence of this he became such a friend to the lepers that, as he himself declared in his Testament, he lived with them and served them with loving eagerness.”
—Legend of the Three Companions

His feast day is October 04.


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