“St. Francis is a universal man. During his life he preached to everyone, the learned and the ignorant, even to the birds and a wolf, according to Franciscan legend. One cannot speak of St. Francis except in a “Franciscan” way, that is in a simple, direct and – possibly – even in a poetic way. The blunt question that Brother Masseo asked St. Francis one day is well-known: “Why does everyone come to you? Why does the whole world run after you?” There is even more reason to pose the question today because the world that goes after the saint is no longer, as it was at that time, the little world of central Italy, but is, literally, the whole world, including many non-believers and members of other religions”.
Fath Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M., Paperback, ISBN 10: 0692229795, ISBN 13: 9780692229798