On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Click here for the Mass and here for the Liturgy of the Hours.
For an introduction to St. Francis's early life, the cultural context in which he grew up, his relationship with his parents, his training as a merchant, and the beginning of his vocation, see Chapter 1, "Peter Bernardone," in St Francis of Assisi: The Legend and the Life, by Michael Robson, OFMConv, Continuum, 2002.
Click here for more books about St. Francis, and here for the Wikipedia article.
A very happy feast day to all Franciscans and to all who love St. Francis!