Giovanni di Pletro di Bernardone was born in the Holy Roman Empire back in 1181 or 1182, the time frame is really not known to Pietro and Pica. He parents were wealthy and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man. In 1202, he joined a military expedition, where he was taken as a prisoner at Collestrada.
When he was released he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter’s Basilica. In his travels, he had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the chapel of San Damiano. In 1208, he devoted himself to a life of poverty. In 1209, he composed a simple rule, “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”. While there is much more to write about, he died in 1226, he was just 44.
What you may not know about Giovanni, is that 99.99% of you have heard his name. For his teachings, he was Canonized just two years after his death. So, have you figured it out by now, if not I’m writing about the Founder of the Franciscan Order Saint Francis of Assisi.
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