I’ve been finding I have connections with 2 saints lately. A few weeks ago I came across St Gemma the Italian mystic and stigmaist. She came into my life as others have said and I learnt her death and feast day are on my birthday. She’s now a patron of mine and I intend to study her more.
Over the last few days I listened to an audio book on the life and work of St Francis of Assissi by GK Chesterton. What an incredible saint, and such an enormously positive influence in the church. What a golden age the 13th century was. Will there ever be another to rival it? So many of our greatest saints lived in the 13th century. When I was a kid going through my first holy communion and confirmation a nun asked me who I wanted to be my patron saint for same. I said I don’t know ( I didn’t know what a saint was let alone know any ). She asked my name and said St Francis of Assissi can be your patron saint. She said remember this - when you are older read his books. There beautiful books. I found the church or rather it found me in 1989 and ever since I’ve often thought of what the nun said and wanted to read his works. Having just found out his real name was John and his father changed it to Francis because of business relations with the French blew me away. My name is John Francis R. and he’s my patron saint and he’s Italian. Now i have 2 great italian mystics and stigmatists as patrons whom I have just found out about or realised it. No doubt providentially.
I’m wondering if any of you guys can provide links to free preferably or paid audio books or audio cds of all of his works? I would like to listen to his story from a much more spiritual aspect too as GK Chesterton was very intellectual and dry. He is great to read or listen to, but I like more spiritual works usually.
I’d appreciate your help here.