St. Francis of Assisi Tote Bag (Forest)
The St. Francis of Assisi Tote Bag features a beautiful double-sided custom print on a premium quality imitation leather tote bag. Comfortable and sturdy adjustable carrying straps with high-quality stitching for long-lasting durability. Soft, brushed polyester lining is finished with three interior side pockets to keep your items organized. A truly unique way to share your faith or a special holiday, birthday or confirmation gift.
■ Medium: 9.8"T x 15.7”W x 5"D
■ Large: 11"T x 17.3"W x 6"D
■ Adjustable 11" Straps
■ Zippered Top Closure
This is a couture item which is custom made-on-demand. Our couture collections feature exclusive, custom designs with our signature crown somewhere within the design. Not sold in stores and you won’t find this anywhere else. EXCLUSIVELY AT VENXARA.
SHIPPING + DELIVERY
These custom made-on-demand Tote Bags ship world-wide directly from our exceptional craftsmen in China. When placing your order, please use a physical street address for DHL Express delivery. DHL Express can not deliver to a PO Box. Destination tracking is available for most countries. A tracking number will be emailed to you once your order has shipped.
Production Time: 5-7 working days
DHL Express Ship Time: 3-6 days
Please Note: During peak shopping seasons, production and ship time may take a little longer than normal. If you are buying this item as a gift, please order as early as possible. We don't want to disappoint you or the gift recipient with a potentially delayed order.
For countries where tracking numbers are not available, this item should arrive by regular post within 2-4 weeks. Orders that have not arrived within 45 days of order processing are eligible for a free reshipment or a refund.
MATERIALS + CARE
These Tote Bags are made with a high quality, textured imitation leather with a Safiano Finish created by the luxury designer brand Prada. This material is made with split leather (that’s the fibrous part of the hide left over from making genuine leather) which has been bonded with polyurethane. This material is extremely durable and the image will not fade, peel or flake. The interior lining is a soft, brushed polyester. These Tote Bags are vegan and eco friendly.
Your freshly made bag might arrive with a "new bag smell" (similar to a new car smell) that some people love and others do not. When you receive your bag, please unwrap it and allow the bag breathe for 24-48 hours to absorb the natural scents of its surroundings. To clean your tote bag, use a soft, damp towel to wipe away any dust or dirt. You can use a mild soap or gentle cleaning spray if needed. Please do not put this tote bag in the washing machine.
ABOUT THIS SAINT
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
1181 — 1226
Feast Day October 4
Patron Saint of Italy, animals, birds, merchants, ecology and ecologists, stowaways and the Franciscan Order.
Francis was the Italian deacon who brought renewal to the Church through his decision to follow Jesus' words as literally as possible.
Born in the early 1180s, Francis was one of several children born to the wealthy merchant Pietro Bernardone and his wife Pica. He originally received the name Giovanni (or John), but became known as Francesco (or Francis) by his father's choice.
Unlike many saints, Francis was neither studious nor pious in his youth. His father's wealth gave him access to a lively social life among the upper classes, where he was known for his flashy clothes and his readiness to burst into song. He attracted to himself a whole retinue of young people addicted to evil and accustomed to vice. Francis himself said, "I lived in sin" during that time. He aspired to great military feats in his youth and fought in a war with a rival Italian city-state.
A period of imprisonment during that conflict turned his mind toward more serious thoughts, as did a recurring dream that suggested his true “army” was not of this world. He returned to Assisi due to illness in 1205, and there began a life of voluntary poverty.
Three major incidents confirmed Francis in this path. In Assisi, he overcame his fear of disease to kiss the hand of a leper. Afterward, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he deposited his money at Saint Peter's tomb and exchanged clothes with a beggar. Soon after he returned home, Francis heard Christ tell him in a vision: “Go, Francis, and repair my Church, which as you see is falling into ruin.”
Francis began to use his father's wealth to restore churches. This led to a public quarrel in which the cloth-merchant's son removed his clothing and declared that he had no father except God. He regarded himself as the husband of “Lady Poverty,” and resolved to serve Christ as “a herald of the Great King.”
During the year 1208, the “herald” received the inspiration that would give rise to the Franciscan movement. At Mass one morning, he heard the Gospel reading in which Christ instructed the apostles to go forth without money, shoes, or extra clothing. This way of life soon became a papally-approved rule, which would attract huge number of followers within Francis' own lifetime.
Francis practiced true equality by showing honor, respect, and love to every person whether they were beggar or pope. Francis' brotherhood included all of God's creation. Much has been written about Francis' love of nature but his relationship was deeper than that. We call someone a lover of nature if they spend their free time in the woods or admire its beauty. But Francis really felt that nature, all God's creations, were part of his brotherhood. The sparrow was as much his brother as the pope.
Through his imitation of Christ, Francis also shared in the Lord's sufferings. He miraculously received Christ's wounds, the stigmata, in his own flesh in 1224. His health collapsed over the next two years, a “living sacrifice” made during two decades of missionary preaching and penance.
Years of poverty and wandering had made Francis ill. When he began to go blind, the pope ordered that his eyes be operated on. This meant cauterizing his face with a hot iron.
Francis never recovered from his illness. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered the founder of all Franciscan orders and San Francisco, California was named after him.