I recently rented this movie from the library and I just felt that I had to write about it.
The movie is about the life of Francesco, who later became Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy. It’s done in Italian with subtitles.
There are other movies about the life of Saint Francis, such as Brother Sun Sister Moon, and another also called Francesco starring Mickey Rourke. Although I love both of those movies, I found this version was jammed packed with so many beautiful quotes, prayers and symbolism of what true spirituality is, what it is to live and walk the path to salvation.
All odds were against Francesco; preaching outside the Church was forbidden, to give up ones possessions and live amongst the poor was lunacy, and yet he somehow managed to have his order approved by the Pope at the time. Even back in those days it was so important to spread the teachings of goodwill and love and to help others spiritually, to lead by example.
Some favorite scenes:
Francesco is announcing the opening of his Church
“It’s a church of the poor. There we will share what we have and pray. We will sing together and praise the Lord with our heads held high. The Lord is in every creature and every thing in this world! Don’t be ashamed of your condition. Being poor is not a fault. The Lord is in heaven,but he is also in our naked hands, in our bare feet, in our ragged clothes. The kingdom of heaven is for those who are last. So give yourself to the Lord and pray with us. Let us Pray in the language that we use everyday…” And he proceeds to say the Our Father
After being condemned, beaten and called a heretic for preaching outside of the Church, Leone, a friend from the past says to Francesco: “So you’ve learned to see with your heart.”
And Francesco replies “I’ve learned to love everything my eyes can see.”
When Chiara (Claire) becomes part of the order, her and Francesco say this prayer:
“In you, we hope, lord. In you we confide. In you we place our destiny. You are our hope,our patience, our strength. Holy and just father,Lord king of Heaven and Earth. You are the Father of all creatures. You are our Father. You are love, perfect love. We must love our brothers in the same way. God almighty, holy and omnipotent, lead the way. Lord, help us keep our eyes open. Help us hear and understand with our heart. Help us love….”
Afterward Francesco says to Chiara: “You must be strong. They will try to stop you from living your life freely.“
And Chiara replies “ Nobody can force me to give up what I feel inside. Now I am like you. For the first time I am really at peace. God is inside me. As he is in all things of this world. ”
Really beautiful movie. ❤