Saint francis of assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of god who commanded him to rebuild the christian church and live in poverty. st francis of assisi various stories suggest st francis began to display seemingly erratic behaviour such as giving away his fathers wealth giving away his own clothes going to various churches and looking after outcasts such as lepers it was during this period that st francis had a mystical vision in a dilapidated church the icon of christ crucified said to him francis . Francis renounced worldly goods and family ties to embrace a life of poverty he repaired the church of san damiano refurbished a chapel dedicated to st peter the apostle and then restored the now famous little chapel of st mary of the angels santa maria degli angeli the porziuncola on the plain below assisithere on the feast of st matthias february 24 1208 he listened at mass to . St francis of assisi was one of the most venerated religious figures in the history of christianity he was the founder of the order of friars minor more popularly known as the franciscans born sometime in early 1180s to a prosperous silk merchant in assisi he led a very high spirited life in his early youth but on receiving a call he gave up everything to lead a life in poverty he lived
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