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Extra Special St Francis and the Wolf Medal with Prayer for Peace

Extra Special St Francis and the Wolf Medal with Prayer for Peace

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Unknown Origin, Probably Made in Italy
More detailed than most Saint Francis medals available today, you'll find this one more unique than most, with his Prayer for Peace on the back. On the front is the traditional image of St Francis and the wolf*** with the message surrounding the image:

ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI O.P.N.
The Latin Ora Pro Nobis - Pray for Us

The medal measures 1-1/8 inch high with the loop by 3/4 inch wide.

The Prayer:

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

*** The Story

The story of St Francis and the Wolf is a great learning experience for all of us. Legend has it that St Francis was visiting a town that had been besieged by a wild wolf. Not only did the wolf kill the town's pets, but also livestock and other wild animals - and people. No one ventured past the town's boundaries for fear of being mauled or killed.

St Francis volunteered to go reason with the wolf and a local friar and some of the townspeople. Not everyone had the strength of belief in God's protection as did St Francis, so his entourage dwindled as he approached the forest.

Only he and the friar were left as the wolf charged from behind the trees, mouth open, ready to strike. St Francis made the Sign of the Cross, and, much to everyone's surprise, the wolf stopped in his tracks.

The saint explained to the wolf that he had been terrorizing the town, the animals, the people. He asked the wolf to make a pact with him to end such behavior and to become friendly with the humans, who were created in the image of God. Then, St Francis asked the wolf and the townsfolk to both agree to forgive the past and move on.

Unbelievably, the wolf moved towards St Francis and nodded his head. Then St Francis offered his hand and the wolf extended his front paw into the saint's hand. St Francis then invited the wolf to accompany him back to town. Meekly, the wolf agreed. St Francis, wolf at his side, entered the town and offered the people a lesson, taught by the wolf. He called upon the people to repent their sins and offered them peace amongst themselves and that other creature of God, the wolf.

The townspeople made a pact to keep the wolf fed and not to hurt him. In return, the wolf agreed to be peaceful as well. For two years, the wolf went from door to door, accepting food from the people of the town. Even the local dogs treated the wolf warmly, never barking.

The wolf's peaceful ways were a living reminder of the wonders of God and the patience, virtue and holiness of St Francis. When the wolf died of old age, he was mourned, but his memory was a reminder of the power and providence of the living God.

This lovely story may or may not be true, but certainly, we can see the wolf as a representation of the beloved animals in our lives.

This medal is just the right size to hang on your dog's collar or to wear on your bracelet or necklace as a reminder of the devotion of our pets to us.

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