The Impression of the Stigmata on the Body of St. Francis
In order that St. Francis might become an example to us all of his love for Christ Crucified, five wounds, resembling those of Jesus on the Cross, appeared on his hands, feet, and side.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. — Introit, Galatians 6
The Imitation of Christ
Set thyself then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear manfully the Cross of the Lord, for the love of Him Who was crucified for thee.
St. Francis had been one of the gayest young men of his time. Not any of you probably will ever learn to dance as gracefully, nor to fence as dexterously as Francis of Assisi. But, when he resolved to follow Christ, he followed Christ and became, as it is claimed, the closest copy of the Savior the world has ever known.
Forbid yourself thinking that “some people have all the luck.” Students, like you, from homes like yours, with a temper like yours, and troubles like yours, have become great saints. You can become one as well. All that is necessary is this: you must want to be a saint. But, if you were at the foot of a tall stairway and wanted to get to the top, you would not get there by merely wishing it, would you, unless someone carried you up? Well, no one will carry you to sanctity. You must walk up.
Would you be a saint? Will it! — St. Benedict’s advice to his sister, St. Scholastica