Friday, January 29, 2010

Juniper (died 1258)

Not much is known about Juniper before he joined the St Francis in 1210. Francis sent him to establish "places" for the friars in Gualdo Tadino and Viterbo. Several stories revealings Junpiers simplity and generousity are written in  the Little Flowers of St. Francis.

 Juniper had been commanded to quit giving part of his clothing to the half-naked people he met on the road. Desiring to obey his superior, Juniper once told a man in need that he couldn’t give the man his tunic, but he wouldn’t prevent the man from taking it either. In time, the friars learned not to leave anything lying around, for Juniper would probably give it away.

see Junipers living water Bio

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