Tag Archives: Francis of Assisi

The Whole World Is Our Cloister

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Whole World Is Our Cloister Sunday, June 25, 2017 In the Franciscan worldview, the Christ can be found everywhere. Nothing is secular or profane. You don’t really “get” the Christ mystery until body and spirit begin to operate as one. Once you see the material and the spiritual working Read More »

A Spirituality of the Beatitudes

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 A Spirituality of the Beatitudes Thursday, June 22, 2017 In the Franciscan reading of the Gospel, there is no reason to be religious or to “serve” God except “to love greatly the One who has loved us greatly,” as Saint Francis said. [1] Religion is not about heroic will power or winning or being right. This has Read More »

The Path of Descent

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 The Path of Descent Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Jesus himself taught and exemplified the path of descent, which Christians have often called “the way of the cross.” The path downward is much more trustworthy than any path upward, which tends to feed the ego. Like few other Christians, it was Francis Read More »

Freedom

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Freedom Tuesday, June 20, 2017 For Saint Francis, “penance” was not some kind of dark asceticism but a proactive, free leap into the problem. It is the same freedom that we see in Jesus when he says “You are not taking my life from me; I am laying it down freely” Read More »

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, June 11-Friday, June 16, 2017 Francis of Assisi was known as a man of deep and abiding joy. He told the friars that it was their vocation “to move people’s hearts and lift them up to spiritual joy.” (Sunday) We can only give away who we are. We can Read More »

One Sacred Universe

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 One Sacred Universe Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Often, without moving his lips, [Francis] would meditate within himself and drawing external things within himself, he would lift his spirit to higher things. —Thomas of Celano [1] Francis of Assisi must have known, at least intuitively, that there is only one enduring spiritual Read More »

The Primacy of Love

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 The Primacy of Love Tuesday, June 13, 2017 I like how my long-time friend and fellow Franciscan, John Quigley, summarizes Franciscan spirituality. He writes: It is not easy to put into a capsule the spirit and gifts of Franciscan thinking. Its hallmarks are simplicity, reverence, fraternity, ecumenism, ecology, interdependence, and dialogue. Read More »

There Is Nothing to Regret (God Uses Everything in Our Favor)

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 There Is Nothing to Regret (God Uses Everything in Our Favor) Monday, June 12, 2017 Toward the end of his life, Saint Francis told the friars, “Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, for up until now we have done little or nothing.” [1] That enigmatic sense of beginning Read More »

Joy

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Joy Sunday, June 11, 2017 Despite many legitimate reasons for discouragement, Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was known as a man of deep and abiding joy. He knew that after all was done and undone, he was still “the herald of the Great King.” Francis told his friars that it was their Read More »

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 4-Friday, June 9, 2017 For Francis of Assisi, the true “I” first had to be discovered and realigned (the prayer journey into the True Self). Then he had to experience himself situated inside of a meaning-filled cosmos (a sacramental universe). Finally, he had to be poor (to be able to Read More »

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