Post-Traumatic Stress & St. Francis   Leave a comment

Do you know anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress? Perhaps reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi might be healing and of comfort. Post-traumatic stress is a prime factor leading to the conversion of St. Francis of Assisi. He experienced the horror of war in the Battle of Collestrada in 1202 between Assisi and Perugia. Assisi lost. It was a massacre, and the hills were said to be covered in blood. Francis was wounded and became a prisoner of war for a year in Perugia.

When released from prison, Francis was ill for a long time. He experienced the embarrassment and shame when he rejected the soldier life. He also rejected the lifestyle and values of his wealthy family when he gave up all to become a little poor man, following in the footsteps of Jesus. He lost his relationships with his father and, we assume, his mother and siblings. He lost most of his childhood friends. He had nothing except the rags he wore.

For your assistance, I suggest two books (1) St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography by Omer Englebert and (2) The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo, a prose poem, best for slow reading and meditation. Other biographical books are listed on amazon.com. I have many.

Footsteps of Saint Francis

See also “A Suffering Servant,” https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/suffering-saint .

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Posted January 9, 2016 by ouidaofs in Saint Francis

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