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St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times Saturday: October 10, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 4—Friday, October 9, 2020 St. Francis stands as one who made the way of Jesus credible and concrete, both for those called to formal religious life and for men and women living in the ordinary world. —Robert Ellsberg (Sunday) Humans and… Continue Reading St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

The Soft Prophecy of Francis

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times The Soft Prophecy of Francis Friday, October 9, 2020 At its core, Franciscan prophecy is “soft prophecy”—which is often the hardest of all! It is a way of life that is counter to the ways of the world. I personally have found that few of us can offer… Continue Reading The Soft Prophecy of Francis

The Gift of a Simple Life

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times The Gifts of a Simple Life Thursday, October 8, 2020 My brothers! My brothers! God has called me by the way of [humility], and showed me the way of simplicity. . . . The Lord told me what He wanted: He wanted me to be a new fool… Continue Reading The Gift of a Simple Life

Taking a Step Towards Simplicity

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times Taking a Step Towards Simplicity Wednesday, October 7, 2020 As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. . . . For we have been called to heal wounds, to bind up the broken, and to call home any who have… Continue Reading Taking a Step Towards Simplicity

A Cosmic Mutuality

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times A Cosmic Mutuality Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Jesus saw God in all that he saw. —James Finley Let us place our first step in the ascent at the bottom, presenting to ourselves the whole material world as a mirror through which we may pass over to God, the… Continue Reading A Cosmic Mutuality

An Invitation to Cosmic Community

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Invitation to Cosmic Community Monday, October 5, 2020 Author and editor Robert Ellsberg reflects on Francis’ legacy from a modern perspective: Jesus left no formal religious rule for his followers. The closest he came was his proclamation of the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the… Continue Reading An Invitation to Cosmic Community

An Unexpected Francis

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Unexpected Francis Sunday, October 4, 2020 During the election, I was seated next to [Brazilian] Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! . . . When the votes reached two thirds . . . he said: “Don’t forget the poor.”. . . Right away, thinking… Continue Reading An Unexpected Francis

Radical Simplicity

Simplicity Radical Simplicity Monday, June 29, 2020 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all… Continue Reading Radical Simplicity

Structural and Personal Freedom

Inner and Outer Freedom Structural and Personal Freedom Thursday, June 18, 2020 Francis and Clare of Assisi were not so much prophets by what they said as in 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 Structural and Personal Freedom

Contemplation and Racism: Weekly Summary

Contemplation and Racism Saturday, June 13, 2020 Summary, Sunday, June 7—Friday, June 12, 2020 We are witnessing the results of centuries of unresolved racial violence in our collective body today. (Sunday) We largely do not recognize the structural access we enjoy, the trust we think we deserve, the assumption that we always belong and do… Continue Reading Contemplation and Racism: Weekly Summary

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