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Francis and the Animals: Weekly Summary

Francis and the Animals Saturday, October 9, 2021 Week Forty Summary and Practice Sunday, October 3—Friday, October 8, 2021 Sunday Each and every creature is a unique word of God, with its own message, its own metaphor, its own energetic style, its own way of showing forth goodness, beauty, and participation in the Great Mystery.… Continue Reading Francis and the Animals: Weekly Summary

A Sacramental Universe

Francis and the Animals A Sacramental Universe Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Richard shares how Francis responded to the rising tide of “consumer” culture, which Francis’ father was fully engaged in as a wealthy merchant. Francis refused to be a “user” of reality—buying and selling it to personal advantage (the I-it relationship). In fact, that is… Continue Reading A Sacramental Universe

The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Francis and the Animals The Emotional Intelligence of Animals Tuesday, October 5, 2021 I wonder what I ought to tell you about the friendship there was between me and a falcon? —Carlo Carretto, I, Francis Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives inspired by the spirituality… Continue Reading The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Francis and the Animals Seeing Things as They Truly Are Monday, October 4, 2021 Richard continues exploring Francis of Assisi’s insights, pointing us beyond the “bird bath” spirituality for which Francis is too often known.   Francis of Assisi knew that the finite manifests the infinite, and the physical is the doorway to the spiritual.… Continue Reading Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Every Creature Is an Epiphany

Francis and the Animals Every Creature Is an Epiphany Sunday, October 3, 2021 A person who knew nothing but creatures would never need to attend to any sermons, for every creature is full of God and is a book. —Meister Eckhart, Sermon on Sirach 50:6–7 [1] In honor of tomorrow’s feast of St. Francis of… Continue Reading Every Creature Is an Epiphany

Smelling like the Sheep

Compassion Smelling like the Sheep Tuesday, September 28, 2021 A compassionate presence is one of the fruits of contemplation. In Richard Rohr’s book Eager to Love, he writes about the great compassion of St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) for others, which is inspired by the great compassion of Jesus. The most obvious change that results… Continue Reading Smelling like the Sheep

The Gift of Wise Friends

Friendship and Grace The Gift of Wise Friends Tuesday, April 13, 2021 As a Franciscan, I have always been curious about the fruitful friendship between Francis of Assisi and his female companion Clare. They were not lovers, yet they were deeply devoted to one another, built their orders together, and turned to one another for… Continue Reading The Gift of Wise Friends

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