(St. Francis of Assisi - October 4) I chose St. Francis of Assisi as my Confirmation Saint when I was in High School. I knew nothing about him except that he was a lover of animals. I also liked animals. So, I thought it was fitting. My elementary school was also run, for a long time, by Franciscan brothers. So, there was that connection too. By God’s providence, I ended up studying for my Master’s Degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The San Damiano Crucifix is still one of my absolute favorites because it brings me back mentally to my home Parish where I grew up in Greenville, North Carolina.
Thank you for writing this! It bugs me every time I hear that quote with the claim it was said by St. Francis. He also didn't write the "Prayer of St. Francis," which first appeared in 1912.