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Monthly Archives: October 2019

October 11, 2019

Making Peace Like St. Francis

Franciscan Way: Part Two Making Peace Like St. Francis Friday, October 11, 2019 My Franciscan brother Fr. Louie Vitale, who has been a peace activist for almost 40 years, tells how St. Francis was working for peace even at the end of his life. At the time, Bishop Guido of Assisi excommunicated the mayor of… Continue Reading Making Peace Like St. Francis

October 10, 2019

Francis and the Sultan

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Sultan Thursday, October 10, 2019 The connection that Francis of Assisi made with “the enemy” in his lifetime may be his most powerful statement to the world about putting together the inner life with the outer, and all of the resulting social, political, and ethnic implications. He also… Continue Reading Francis and the Sultan

October 9, 2019

Patron Saint of Ecology

Franciscan Way: Part Two Patron Saint of Ecology Wednesday, October 9, 2019 One of the things Francis of Assisi is best known for is his love of nature. Pope John Paul II named him the Patron Saint of Ecology in 1979. Pope Francis entitled his encyclical about caring for our common home Laudato Si meaning… Continue Reading Patron Saint of Ecology

October 8, 2019

Inner and Outer Freedom

Franciscan Way: Part Two Inner and Outer Freedom Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Francis and Clare of Assisi were not so much prophets by what they said as by the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives. They found both their inner and outer freedom by structurally living on the edge of the inside of… Continue Reading Inner and Outer Freedom

October 7, 2019

Francis and the Lepers

Francisan Way: Part Two Francis and the Lepers Monday, October 7, 2019 The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers. And the Lord . . . led me among them and I showed mercy… Continue Reading Francis and the Lepers

October 6, 2019

Francis and the Wolf

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Wolf Sunday, October 6, 2019 Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives based on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and founded by Charles de Foucauld (1858–1916). Carretto’s life, like that of Francis, was a combination of action… Continue Reading Francis and the Wolf

October 5, 2019

Franciscan Way: Part One: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part One Summary: Sunday, September 29—Friday, October 4, 2019 Much of Francis of Assisi’s genius was that he was ready for absolute “newness” from God, and therefore could also trust fresh and new attitudes in himself. (Sunday) In his “Testament,” Francis said, “No one showed me what I ought to do,” and then,… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part One: Weekly Summary

October 4, 2019

Naked Before God

Franciscan Way: Part One Naked Before God Friday, October 4, 2019 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Mirabai Starr is a friend, fellow New Mexican, and a respected author known for her work translating many mystics. Her words provide insight to a pivotal experience of St. Francis’ life. After Christ spoke to Francis from the… Continue Reading Naked Before God

October 3, 2019

A New Way of Thinking

Franciscan Way: Part One A New Way of Thinking Thursday, October 3, 2019 God gave St. Francis to history in a pivotal period when Western civilization began to move into rationality, functionality, consumerism, and perpetual war. Francis was himself a soldier, and his father was a tradesman in cloth. Francis came from the very world… Continue Reading A New Way of Thinking

October 2, 2019

To Live Lightly

Franciscan Way: Part One To Live Lightly Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Today, we will continue with my Franciscan brother and long-time friend John Quigley’s summary of Franciscanism. I’ve added my thoughts in italics within brackets. [Francis] knew that we share this earth, our loves and work with all of God’s creatures, our brothers and sisters.… Continue Reading To Live Lightly

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