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“I bear the Stigmata of Jesus in my body” ~ St Francis of Assisi

On Saturday September 17th we celebrate the Feast of the Stigmata. Francis imitated Christ so perfectly that towards the end of his life our Lord wished to point him out to the world as the faithful imitator of the Crucified, by imprinting His five wounds upon his body. Two years before his death in 1224 when, according to his custom, Francis had repaired to Mt. La Verna to spend the 40 days preceding the feast of St. Michael the Archangel in prayer and fasting, this wonderful event took place. St. Bonaventure gives the following account of it:

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