Saint Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther
So Francis and his ragamuffin band of followers set out for the eternal city to have an audience with the pope and detail their plans and obtain his approval and blessing for this new order of friars.
The initial meeting did not go well and the pope walked out on Francis as he lay prostrate before him in the floor dressed like a filthy beggar. But Francis did return and in the meantime God spoke to the pope in a dream and showed him a man that was balancing the Lateran Cathedral on his arm. This signified that this individual in the dream was supporting and upholding the very center of Christendom. Wisely the pope, knowing it was Francis in the dream, recanted and welcomed back St. Francis and granted him approval for his order. The Franciscans did indeed rebuild the Church and to this day continue to renew the Church. (For example, Father Groeschel and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal now in many inner cities throughout the world)
When St. Francis was initially refused by the Church, he had a choice to make. He may have thought to himself: "Why would the pope refuse my request? Can't he see how much his Church needs me?" Right then and there, he could have decided to break from the Church and start a whole new religion. Instead, he quietly submitted to the Church and in a short time was given permission to proceed with his plans to renew the Church. (Some historians say there was a delay in the pope's decision, other readings said it was a short time) Either way, the fruit of his obedience continues to be seen to this very day.
300 years after St Francis, the Church was again in need of repair and a German Augustinian priest decided to take the matter into his own hands and break from the authority of the pope and start his own religion. The fruits of this man's disobedience continue to be seen to this very day.
St. Francis pray for us.