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There is a legend of St. Francis of Assisi (Assisi – a town in Italy. St. Francis – founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208). He was, in his early years, a wealthy and prestigious man. With all his wealth and prestige he was also very unhappy and void of purpose. While riding his horse one day, he came upon a leper, full of sores and grotesque like no leper he had ever seen. On previous experiences he simply rode around them but this time he was moved to dismount and hug the leper. He wrapped his arms tightly around the leper and as he did so, the leper turned into Jesus.