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A New Way of Thinking

Franciscan Way: Part One A New Way of Thinking Thursday, October 3, 2019 God gave St. Francis to history in a pivotal period when Western civilization began to move into rationality, functionality, consumerism, and perpetual war. Francis was himself a soldier, and his father was a tradesman in cloth. Francis came from the very world… Continue Reading A New Way of Thinking

To Live Lightly

Franciscan Way: Part One To Live Lightly Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Today, we will continue with my Franciscan brother and long-time friend John Quigley’s summary of Franciscanism. I’ve added my thoughts in italics within brackets. [Francis] knew that we share this earth, our loves and work with all of God’s creatures, our brothers and sisters.… Continue Reading To Live Lightly

The Minores

Franciscan Way: Part One The Minores Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Feast of Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower My friend since 1962 and fellow Franciscan, Father John Quigley, OFM, has written a helpful, succinct summary of Franciscanism. We worked closely together with the New Jerusalem Community in Ohio and could practically finish each other’s sentences,… Continue Reading The Minores

One World

Franciscan Way: Part One One World Monday, September 30, 2019 I hope to show what Francis of Assisi clearly changed and did differently and what flowed from his unique wholeness. We will see that Francis was at once very traditional and entirely new in the ways of holiness—a paradox. He stood barefoot on the earth… Continue Reading One World

Discovering Anew

Franciscan Way: Part One Discovering Anew Sunday, September 29, 2019 St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) was a master of making room for the new and letting go of that which was tired or empty. His first biographer described Francis as always hopeful, always new, always beginning again. [1] Much of Francis’ genius was that he… Continue Reading Discovering Anew

The Face of the Other

Jesus: Human and Divine The Face of the Other Thursday, January 31, 2019 St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) brought attention to the humanity of Jesus. Prior to St. Francis, Christian paintings largely emphasized Jesus’ divinity, as they still do in most Eastern icons. Francis is said to have created the first live nativity. Before the… Continue Reading The Face of the Other

Belief or Discipleship?

Following Jesus Belief or Discipleship? Tuesday, January 22, 2019 I often say that we do not think ourselves into a new way of living, but we live ourselves into a new way of thinking. I’m not suggesting that theory and theology are unimportant; but I believe that faith is more about how we live on… Continue Reading Belief or Discipleship?

Perennial Wisdom

Perennial Tradition Perennial Wisdom Monday, July 30, 2018 No one lives outside the walls of this sacred place, existence. The holy water, I need it upon my eyes: it is you, dear, you—each form. What mother would lose her infant—and we are that to God, never lost from [Her] gaze are we? Every cry of… Continue Reading Perennial Wisdom

The Economy of War

Economy: Week 2 The Economy of War Tuesday, July 3, 2018 My spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), was a nonviolent and “soft” prophet—keeping God free for people and people free for God—during a pivotal period when Western civilization was moving into rationality, consumerism, and nonstop war. Francis himself was a soldier and his… Continue Reading The Economy of War

Discernment versus Decision Making

Vocation Discernment versus Decision Making Thursday, May 31, 2018 The holiness of Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), like all holiness, was unique and never merely a copy or imitation. In his Testament, he tells his brothers, “No one showed me what I had to do,” [1] and then, at the very end of his life, he… Continue Reading Discernment versus Decision Making

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