Begging for cloth

Blessed Giles of Assisi was a wealthy man who fell on his knees beforeSt Francis and begged to be accepted into his company in 1209.

St Francis turned to his other two followers and said: “See here a good brother whom Almighty God has sent to us.”

Giles dedicated his fortune to the poor and went begging in Assisi for a bit of cloth for a habit.

Giles became known for his deep humility. He also possessed a great desire to visit holy places, which St Francis allowed. Giles visited Compostela and Jerusalem.

He earned his keep mainly through manual work and gave whatever he had left over to the poor. Once a woman who lacked proper clothing asked Blessed Giles for money. As he had nothing to offer her, he took off his hood and gave it to her.

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