St. Francis

St. Francis
Question from Jackie Emerson on 8/7/2008:

Information on the Lent of St. Francis.
Answer by David Gregson on 8/26/2008:

I'll take a guess at the meaning of your question. Maybe you're referring to the period of prayer and fasting from 15 August to 29 September 1224, which St. Francis called the "Lent of St. Michael," since it ended on St. Michael's day. It was during this time, probably on 14 September, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, that St. Francis had a vision of a winged seraph nailed to a cross, and felt the pains of Christ's Passion in his own flesh. That was when he received the stigmata, the wounds in his hands, feet, and side.

For more information on the life of St. Francis, see Saint Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Friars Minor, in our Document Library.

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