For some reason, of all the Christian icons, it is Saint Francis who resonates most strongly with me . I have always found Jesus an aggressive figure, probably due to the times he lived in . Saint Francis was the founder of the Franciscan Order and was famous for being able to charm animals, much like Dr Doolittle . Like many famous spiritual figures he was from a wealthy background and after a spiritual experience, he renounced his wealth and followed a religious life . To read more about Saint Francis click Wikipedia .
He was also a prodigious writer and is known as the first Italian poet and here is his famous poem known as The Prayer of Saint Francis :
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is Hatred, let me sow Love
Where there is Injury, Pardon
Where there is Doubt, Faith
Where there is Despair, Hope
Where there is Darkness, Light and
Where there is Sadness, Joy .
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life .