Motivational Monday: St. Francis and the Impossible

StFrancis

Oh, man… whether you believe it or not, St. Francis of Assisi was an incredible dude, from whom we will always learn to do the impossible. Check out this one little story about him:


The wolf of Gubbio
There is a legend linked to Saint Francis and his affinity with animals concerning a wolf. When Francis lived in Gubbio there was a wolf “terrifying and ferocious, who devoured men as well as animals.” Francis had compassion upon the townsfolk, and so he went up into the hills to find the wolf. Soon, fear of the animal had caused all his companions to flee, though the saint pressed on. When he found the wolf, he made the sign of the cross and commanded the wolf to come to him and hurt no one. Miraculously the wolf closed his jaws and lay down at the feet of St. Francis. “Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts and you have done great evil,” said Francis. “All these people accuse you and curse you…But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people.” Then Francis led the wolf into the town, and surrounded by startled citizens made a pact between them and the wolf. Because the wolf had “done evil out of hunger,” the townsfolk were to feed the wolf regularly. In return, the wolf would no longer prey upon them or their flocks. In this manner Gubbio was freed from the menace of the predator.

How cool is that?!