Saint Dominic's Catholic Church, Torrance

The Crucifix of San Damiano
The San Damiano Cross is the one St. Francis was praying before when he received
the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church of San Damiano.

"Go Francis, and repair my Church which, as you see is falling into ruin"

In Holy Week of 1957, it was placed on public view for the first time, over the new
Altar in San Giorgio's Chapel, in the Basilica of St Clare in Assisi.

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The prayer of St. Francis before this crucifix:

All-highest, Glorious God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith,
firm hope,
perfect charity,
and profound humility,
with wisdom and perception,
o Lord, so that I may do
what is truly your holy will.


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St. Francis was born at Assisi in 1182. After a care free youth, he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed himself to God. Like many early saints, he lived a very simple life of poverty. He gained a reputation of being the friend of animals. He established the rule of St Francis, which exists today as the Order of St. Francis, or the Franciscans. He died in 1226, aged 44.

1182 Born in Assisi to Pietro of Bernadone and Madonna Pica.
1205 His conversion at San Damiano.
1206 Disinherited by his father.
1210 Approval of the Franciscan Order by Innocent III.
1219 Preached in Egypt among Crusaders and Muslims.
1223 Institutes the Crib at Greccio (Rieti)
1224 Receives The Stigmata on Mount La Verna (Arezzo)
1225 Writes the Canticle of Brother Sun
1226 Dies at Santo Maria Degli Angeli (Assisi)
1228 Canonized in Assisi
1228 First stone of the new church is laid
1230 Body is transferred to the new Basilca

1978 Recognition of the Relics and the visit by Pope John Paul II

click here for: Life of St. Francis

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