Saint Francis oil – Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and of nature because of his way of seeing God through all things created, which led him to address every created being as his Brother or Sister. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Orange, eucalyptus, lemon balm, patchouli, herbs and essential oils in a base of fractionated coconut oil.
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The Franciscan rule of St. Francis of Assisi
Francis preached to the villagers despite not having a license to do so as a layperson, and he quickly gained adherents. In 1209, he wrote a simple rule (Regula primitiva, “Primitive Rule”) for his mendicant disciples, or friars, based on Bible passages: “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.” He then took the group of 12 disciples to Rome to seek Pope Innocent III’s approval, a significant step that indicated Francis’ respect of papal authority and rescued his order from the fate of the Waldensians, who were pronounced heretics in the late 12th century. Innocent was apprehensive at first, but after having a dream in which he saw Francis holding up the church of San Giovanni in Laterano, he gave the Franciscan rule of life his oral approval. According to legend, this event took place on April 16, 1210, and signified the official creation of the Franciscan order. The Friars Minor, also known as the Lesser Brothers, were street preachers who had no belongings and relied solely on the Porziuncola for their livelihood. They preached and labored first in Umbria, then in the rest of Italy as their numbers expanded rapidly.
Probably no one in history has taken the task of imitating Christ’s life and carrying out Christ’s work in Christ’s own way more seriously than Francis. This is the key to understanding St. Francis’ character and spirit, and it explains his reverence for the Eucharist (Christ’s body and blood) and respect for the priests who handled the components of the communion sacrament. It is imbalanced to portray the saint as a lover of nature, a social worker, an itinerant preacher, and a celebrant of poverty if this fact is overlooked.
Francis and His Woman Poverty (Eng. trans., Francis and His Lady Poverty, 1964) celebrates poverty as his “lady” in the allegorical Sacrum commercium, or as his “bride” in the painting by Giotto in the lower church of San Francesco at Assisi. Indeed, Francis valued poverty so highly that in his final letter, the Testament, written just before his death in 1226, he stated unequivocally that extreme personal and corporate poverty was the only way for members of his order to live. But he wasn’t looking for external poverty; he was looking for a total rejection of self (as in the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:7).
Francis saw all of nature as a reflection of God and as a series of steps leading to God. In the most appealing legends about him, he preached to the birds and convinced a wolf to cease assaulting the residents of Gubbio and their cattle provided the locals agreed to feed the animal.