The Wisdom of the Poor One of Assisi

The Wisdom of the Poor One of Assisi


This book is the inspiring tale of St. Francis’ darkest hour. Returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Francis finds the order of humble friars, which he had founded, has grown so tremendously that now over 6,000 monks considered themselves “Franciscans.” But St. Francis is appalled to find that with this apparent success came a total rejection of his original vision which this thriving community of friars’ regard as outmoded and unsuited for their current needs. When he remonstrates, they suggest that if Francis cannot adapt to the new rules and regulations, perhaps he should go elsewhere.

Rejected by the order which he founded and despondent that the vision he felt God gave him is being scorned, Francis withdraws to a mountain hermitage with his beloved Brother Leo. There in a Spartan cave during a long winter of the soul Francis arrives at new insights into what God requires of those who would follow Christ.



Franciscan scholar Fr. Eloi Leclerc, intimate with the historical facts, gives us this inspiring classic in a narrative story form. This heartening tale brings comfort and inspiration to all who face failure or loss and feel God is no longer smiling with favor on them. Trudging the paths with St. Francis, one comes to a flowering spring filled with new insights on what is required of those who would call themselves “Christians.”


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