St francis of assisi quotes when necessary use words

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Preach the Gospel at All Times?

Saint Francis of Assisi c. He is known as the patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment. Though baptized as Giovanni Bernardone he was commonly known as Francesco. Disputed [ edit ] Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words. Variants include those listed below. Francis reportedly said, "Preach Jesus, and if necessary use words. Always remember to preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.

This is, perhaps, the best known and most commonly quoted statement made by St. Francis of Assisi. It might surprise some to discover that he did not, in fact, say this. At least not as far as we know. Whether he said it or not, the idea has taken hold of the imagination of many, some who embrace it as great wisdom and some who reject it as compromise.

Kevin Cotter. October 4, 27, 0. As Catholics, we have a number of phrases and sayings we use with one another on a consistent basis. Francis of Assisi. The saying is often used as a recommendation for how we should primarily or even exclusively evangelize.

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"Preach the Gospel at all Times. When Necessary Use Words."

Last Sunday, our faithful deacon in the midst of his excellent homily used a quote that most of us have heard, perhaps many times. It is always attributed to St. Francis of Assisi—founder of the Franciscan Order—and is intended to say that proclaiming the Gospel by example is more virtuous than actually proclaiming it with voice. It is a quote that has often rankled me because it seems to create a useless dichotomy between speech and action. None of his disciples or biographers have these very quotable words coming from his mouth. It doesn't show up in any of his writings. Not even close, really.


  1. Bartlett B. says:

    It's possibly the most often-quoted monastic saying of the modern church.

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