“Francis was a mystic, but not a full-time hermit. For him, God was not some kind of prized possession that was to be hoarded and kept from everyone else. Instead, Francis saw the grace of God as a beautiful, previous gift that God intended to be shared with the whole world.”
-Talbot, John Michael. (1997) The Lessons of St. Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality Into Your Daily Life. p. 141.