During the search, a detective made another macabre discovery.He found a third body, that of a young girl who was partially clothed.The great crowds were causing problems in that area, so Francis prayed asking Peter to stop the miracles – the miracles stopped.
During the Fifth Crusade, Francis and a companion traveled into Muslim territory to visit the Sultan al-Kamil. To demonstrate his great faith in the Christian religion, he challenged those present to a “trial-by-fire” in which he and a Muslim would step into a fire, with the idea that the follower of the true religion would be spared by God.
Francis offered to go first, but the Sultan turned down the challenge.
Believing it might be a mannequin, Ainsworth attempted to snag the figure with a pole.
Accidentally, the raft overturned as he tried to dislodge the figure from a rock and Ainsworth fell into the river.
Unlike the other two girls, this one was found in a grassy area less than 30 feet from where the other victims lay in the water.
It was obvious that she had died from asphyxiation.
In Matthew 10.9, Jesus tells his disciples, “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts,” when they travel around to preach the Gospel.
He felt inspired to do the same, and started traveling around preaching repentance in poverty.
To his horror, he realized that the figure was not a mannequin, but a dead woman.
Seconds later he saw another floating corpse of a half nude black woman, partially submerged in the water.
Francis of Assisi is one of the Church’s best known and most beloved saints.