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Tag Archives: Francis of Assisi

Rebuilding from the Bottom Up

Let’s be honest: religion has probably never had such a bad name. Continue Reading Rebuilding from the Bottom Up

Stay with the Suffering

When we try to live in solidarity with the world’s pain, we will encounter various forms of “crucifixion.” Continue Reading Stay with the Suffering

Rediscovering the “Jesus Movement”

Instead of telling others they were doing it wrong, Francis of Assisi lovingly tried to do it better. Continue Reading Rediscovering the “Jesus Movement”

What Are We Waiting For?

We’re forever welcoming the Universal Christ that is forever being born in the human soul and into history. Continue Reading What Are We Waiting For?

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

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