In 1209 Francis of Assisi requested permission from Pope Innocent III to found the first order of mendicant friars, who would own no property and depend directly on the charity of the people for their livelihood. Though initially skeptical, the Pope later dreamed he saw Francis propping up a crumbling Church, which he understood as a metaphor for all Catholicism. This dream occurred, according to tradition, on April 16, 1210 and constituted the official founding of the Franciscan order.

Selfie with Pope Francis---- I've never respected a member of authority in the Catholic Church as much as I respect Pope Francis.

This is what I've always wanted church to be. I thought it was going to be gone and was so disappointed in the Catholic church. Pope Francis has brought it back to me.

"The Lord never tires of forgiving. We are the ones who tire of asking forgiveness.” ~ Pope Francis

Though we know that Blessed Pope John Paul II The Great, nor Pope Francis said this quote, and its original author is currently unknown, the sentiment remains. WE NEED SAINTS...Saints who are normal people, saints who exist and thrive despite the Culture of Death and show the world the Culture of Life is where Heaven meets Earth.

Faith, Hope, and Charity, the three theological virtues manifested in three awesome Popes.

Those unfamiliar with the practice of authentic Catholicism often assume that the Pope's authority is arbitrary. Not so.

Image of Eadwine, the Scribe Cambridge, Trinity College, R. 17. 1 Christ Church Canterbury, c. 1160

A Catholic hero :D

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Catholic Church, Rome

5. Renunciation of Worldly Goods".

13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio.

12. Ecstasy of St Francis.

colors The Medieval Church: A Brief History

Gervaise of Bazoches (d.1108)In the Holy Land, he was an officer of Baldwin I of Jerusalem, who conferred Galilee on him after the death of Hugh of Saint Omer. In May 1108, his troop of eighty knights and two hundred infantrymen was defeated by Toghtekin, atabeg of Damascus, and Gervaise was taken prisoner, like his predecessor. Tughtikin proposed the cities of Acre, Haifa, and Tiberias as a suitable ransom, Baldwin refused and offered an amount of silver. Gervaise was subsequently executed

When Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France in 1137, she gave him the rock crystal vase on the left as a wedding present. The inscription on it says he, in turn, gave it to the Abbey of St.-Denis. It is now in the Louvre in Paris and is the only artifact of Eleanor's known to exist today.

Roy 2 A XXII f.220 Kneeling crusader with his horse behind him, from the Westminster Psalter, c.1250 (vellum)

Belly Amphora depicting Priam and Achilles, c.550 BC (ceramic) (see also 288279, 293741 and 307550)

For me there is always something of pushing. Pushing on air, pushing with my thoughts. I find that the trick to flying is to trick myself; I must believe that there is some firmness in the air just beneath me. But even in dreams I am a skeptic.