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St Francis of Assisi was born in Umbria in the year 1182 He was a child every father hoped for he was filled with life a determined and courageous individual He was gifted with rather good looks qualities that attracted friends and a gift of leadership His father was an extremely wealthy merchant in Assisi But this son his favourite was the one who broke Peter Bernardones heart The boy turned on his father and in a vicious event that eventually resulted into a public scene St Francis of Assisi stepped away from his father his business and left his father in a state of immense emotional suffering Francis joined the military at the age of 20 Prior to this date 1202 the favoured son showed his parents that he would like to follow his own life not in the footsteps of his father After his enlistment he struggled heroically in one bloody battle but his troop experienced defeat Taken prisoner of war he was held captive for several months then released and sent home His parents were joyful and made up to him for the long months of suffering by showering him with affection Francis probably enjoyed receiving extra money the most from this Being a prisoner of war did take a toll on Francis His body became so sick that he almost died and it took over a year to recover It was during this year that for the first time in his young life he did some serious pondering He explored the age old problems What am I Where do I come from Where am I going What is this world and What is love St Francis was an Italian Catholic and a talented poet As an Italian his heart moved naturally to deep affection love and enjoyment As a poet he could see right through the outcome of those answers One night during a dream he saw
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