Francis of Assisi — Italian Saint born on December 29, 1182,

Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the womens Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers, followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor, or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history... (wikipedia)

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.