Talk:Francis of Assisi

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Preach, if necessary use words[edit]

Rev. Byron Spradlin here: Would anyone know the source and accurate statement of an alleged quote by St. Francis of Assisi something like what follows?

RE: the use of art in expressing our faith; "... at all times declare the glories of the Gospel, and when necessary use words."

If anyone knows the real statement, with its source, I'd be very happy to hear from you.

Thank you--Rev. Byron Spradlin, Nashville, TN USA <>

great words "Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words."

"Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." is likely misattributed. See The closest quote found is “Let all the brothers, however, preach by their deeds.” (jkibbe)

Start by doing what's necessary[edit]

Moved from article pending identification, per current practice. Gordonofcartoon 12:14, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Earliest result I find in Google Books is Reader's Digest, January 1987 (link).
St. Francis of Assisi in Sacro Speco, Subiaco, Italy
  • If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.
  • Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.

Caption is unrelated to image[edit]

I propose removing the image and its unrelated caption from the Disputed section. An image also appears on this talk page without explanation. patsw (talk) 02:10, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

I concur with you. Images are stronger to give an impression than words in many cases. If the pic has an description, I prefer the authentic quote or a mere description of image subject (the name of statue etc.).--Aphaia (talk) 03:26, 19 October 2015 (UTC)