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Francis of Assisi lived about eight hundred years ago He was born in the city of Assisi Italy in 1182 He was the son of Piero of Bernadone who was a wealthy merchant He received a education and seemed to follow his fathers footsteps as a wealthy merchant In 1201 he took part in an attack on Perugia was taken hostage and remained a captive there for a year After his release Francis joined the army but couldnt complete his time because he got sick This period of time would change his life forever During his sickness Francis would spend hours meditating on the Lord in an old church and he felt God drawing near to him Some people come to Jesus with a memorable experience but others come to Christ through a process Francis conversion wasnt an overnight experience but it was definitely real Francis was famous for his love of all creation He called for simplicity of life poverty and humility before God He worked to care for the poor Thousands were drawn to his sincerity piety and joy In all his actions Francis sought to follow fully and literally the way of life demonstrated by Christ in the Gospels He died in 1226 at the age of 44 Dorothy Day founder of the Catholic Worker movement was born in Brooklyn New York November 8 1897 After surviving the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 the Day family moved into a house in Chicago It was a big step down in the world because John Day was out of work Days understanding of the shame people feel when they fail in their efforts dated from this time Day lived long enough to see her achievements honored In 1967 when she made her last visit to Rome to take part in the Congress of the Laity she found she was one of two Americans invited to receive Communion from the hands
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