By St. Bonaventure
"Francis, go and build up My house, which thou seest, is falling into ruin." To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church in souls. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many to conversion and a deeper faith.
Never ordained a priest, St. Francis nonetheless was a preacher and a miracle-worker of the first order--curing, prophesying, casting out devils, turning water into wine, and raising people frmo the dead.
The Life of St Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure conveys a picture of the saint that renders an indelible impression of a man totally transformed by God.