Thousands of people gathered to celebrate mass in St. Francis Square, in front of the renowned shrine dedicated to the patron saint of the poor.
Pope Francis highlighted the relevant witness St. Francis still offers today. Here are some of his quotes:
“His first and most essential witness is this: that being a Christian means having a living relationship with the person of Jesus; it means putting on Christ, being conformed to him,”
“Where did Francis’ journey to Christ begin? It began with the gaze of the crucified Jesus ... with letting Jesus look at us at the very moment that he gives his life for us and draws us to himself …when we let the crucified Jesus gaze upon us, we are re-created, we become ‘a new creation’.”
* Pablo Perez is the editor of Spiritual Fuel (a devotional newsletter for lovers of God) and the creator of Ablaze for Jesus (the inner life coaching program). He loves to write about the Bible and can help you encounter God.