Later, the new priest joined a group who were devoted to caring for prisoners and preparing condemned criminals to die a good death. But his great mission was begun when he and another priest, John Augustine Adorno, started the Congregation of Minor Clerks Regular.
When John Adorno died, Francis was chosen superior, even though he did not want the honor. So humble was he that he used to sign his letters, "Francis the sinner." And he took his turn, like the other priests, in sweeping the floors, making beds, and washing dishes. He often spent almost the whole night praying in church, and he wanted all the priests to spend at least an one hour a day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Francis spoke often and so well about God's love for us that he was called, "Preacher of the Love of God." He carefully guarded his purity and converted some evil woman who tried to make him sin. Always he practiced mortification's of every kind.
Just before he died, St. Francis suddenly cried, "Let's go!" "Where do you want to go?" asked the priest by his bed. "To Heaven! To Heaven!" came the answer in a clear, happy voice. And right afterwards, the Saint died.
Good times are not enough to fill our hearts. Let us use some of our free time doing something worthwhile so that our life, too, may be useful.