Myth Busting: St. Francis of Assisi and Private Property

By |2020-10-13T13:37:10+00:00October 13th, 2020|Theology|

St. Francis of Assisi (one of my favorite saints) is again being twisted into a communist and a pacifist.  To dispel this, you can read the gold-standard biography by St. Bonaventure called The Life of St. Francis of Assisi.  In the 20th century, GK Chesterton wrote St. Francis of Assisi.  He recounts this unusual interaction: "The good Bishop of Assisi expressed a sort of horror at the hard life which the Little Brothers lived at the Portiuncula, without comforts, without possessions, eating anything they could get and sleeping anyhow on the ground. St. Francis answered him with that curious and almost stunning shrewdness which the unworldly can sometimes wield like a club [...]