St. Francis for Today, by Edmund O'Gorman. Francis Bernadone - who was he? None other than St Francis of Assisi, a man with a decided message for our time. He lived in the early thirteenth century, preached joy, contentment, peace and the simple lifestyle. He was indeed a spiritual reformer, but also a a respecter of Church and Society and reinvigorated them by constructively working with them, encouraging and promoting the good and beauty that was already there, and minimizing and eliminating the evils. Number of Pages 88.