The Francis Factor: How Saint Francis and Pope Francis are changing the world — Center for Action and Contemplation

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The Francis Factor:
How Saint Francis and Pope Francis
are changing the world


Videos of The Francis Factor are now available for purchase from the CAC bookstore.

Three followers of Francis explore the cosmic and alternative Franciscan path. From their collective years of study and practice, these dynamic teachers share Franciscan wisdom that reveals the very “marrow of the Gospel.” Both St. Francis and Pope Francis walk in the steps of Jesus, the ultimate radical, who changed people’s hearts during his lifetime and beyond through simple words and actions of love. Their transformative vision is alive today—particularly in the lives of Ilia, Shane, and Richard.

Ilia Delio, OSF brings her scientific, theological, and historical understanding of Franciscanism.

Shane Claiborne brings his love of Jesus and his in-the-trenches peace-making experience.

Richard Rohr, OFM brings his lifelong Franciscan faith, weaving together Ilia and Shane’s insights in his inimitable way.

Books by Presenters

Shane Claiborne

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Jesus for President

Ilia Delio, OSF

Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth
Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness
The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love

Richard Rohr, OFM

Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self


Additional Resources

Pope Francis

Laudato Si Encyclical
Evangelii Gaudium
In This Together: Ideas for hosting a viewing party during Pope Francis’ U.S. visit
PICO Network: “Year of Encounter” study guide for communities and parishes


“What no one wants to say about Ferguson” by Prince Ea
Excerpts from Brother Sun, Sister Moon (a 1972 film directed by Fanco Zeffirelli)

Contemplative Resources

Tree of Contemplative Practices – The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Centering Prayer – Contemplative Outreach
T’ai Chi Chih – Pam Towne

Iona Prayer

An Invitation

The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready.
It is the table of company of Jesus, and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
with whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
in which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed; Come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

Iona Abbey Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications.

 Liturgy Music


“With You, O Lord”
“Our Soul Is Waiting for God”
“Alleluia 7”
“Veni Sancte Spiritus”
“Eat This Bread”
“Where There Is Charity”
“Come and Fill”
“Bless the Lord”
“In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”


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