St Francis of Assisi is one of the most lovable saints revered by, among others, Martin Luther King and Mohandas Gandhi. Accounts of his life are, however, shrouded in myth and legend. This book seeks to present the life and teaching of St Francis of Assisi in the form of an imaginary autobiography. At the same time, Carretto takes the liberty of having "Francis" address modern problems, of a world deeply committed to atheism, but on the brink of radical faith. The suggestion is that all people have some "Francis" in themselves if only they could get back in touch with it.
Carlo Carretto was a leader of Catholic Action in Italy and served as National President of Catholic Youth from 1946 to 1952. At the age of 44 he heard the call of God to go into the desert and joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld in the Sahara. He continued writing up until his death in 1988.