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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

Openness and Receptivity

Simplicity Openness and Receptivity Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Despite many differing views of Jesus’ life and teaching, we can say confidently that Jesus was a poor man who fully embraced life with those on the margins of society. Francis of Assisi certainly did the same, and it became his litmus test for all orthodoxy and… Continue Reading Openness and Receptivity

Embracing Enoughness

Simplicity Embracing Enoughness Tuesday, June 30, 2020 I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. —Lao Tzu Most of us have grown up with a capitalist worldview which makes a virtue and goal out of accumulation, consumption, and collecting. It has taught us to assume, quite falsely, that more is better. But it’s… Continue Reading Embracing Enoughness

A Minority Position

Alternative Orthodoxy A Minority Position
 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Oppositional energy only creates more of the same. One of the Center for Action & Contemplation’s Eight Core Principles [1] Throughout history, the Franciscan School has typically been a minority position inside of the Roman Catholic… Continue Reading A Minority Position

Dancing Standing Still

Alternative Orthodoxy Dancing Standing Still
 Monday, February 3, 2020 The Franciscans found a way to be both very traditional and very revolutionary at the same time. By emphasizing practice over theory, or orthopraxy over orthodoxy, the Franciscan tradition taught that love and action are more important than intellect or speculative truth. Love is the highest category for… Continue Reading Dancing Standing Still

Simply Living the Gospel

Alternative Orthodoxy Simply Living the Gospel
 Sunday, February 2, 2020 The Rule and the life of the Friars Minor is to simply live the Gospel. —St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) [1] One of the things I most appreciate about my Franciscan heritage is its alternative orthodoxy. The Franciscan tradition has applied this phrase to itself and its emphasis on “orthopraxy”; we believe that lifestyle and practice are much more important than mere verbal orthodoxy. While orthodoxy is about correct… Continue Reading Simply Living the Gospel

Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 6—Friday, October 11, 2019 This is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space by a God who is a Father, and that if you present yourself as [God] does, unarmed and peaceably, creation will recognize and meet you with a… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Making Peace Like St. Francis

Franciscan Way: Part Two Making Peace Like St. Francis Friday, October 11, 2019 My Franciscan brother Fr. Louie Vitale, who has been a peace activist for almost 40 years, tells how St. Francis was working for peace even at the end of his life. At the time, Bishop Guido of Assisi excommunicated the mayor of… Continue Reading Making Peace Like St. Francis

Francis and the Sultan

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Sultan Thursday, October 10, 2019 The connection that Francis of Assisi made with “the enemy” in his lifetime may be his most powerful statement to the world about putting together the inner life with the outer, and all of the resulting social, political, and ethnic implications. He also… Continue Reading Francis and the Sultan

Patron Saint of Ecology

Franciscan Way: Part Two Patron Saint of Ecology Wednesday, October 9, 2019 One of the things Francis of Assisi is best known for is his love of nature. Pope John Paul II named him the Patron Saint of Ecology in 1979. Pope Francis entitled his encyclical about caring for our common home Laudato Si meaning… Continue Reading Patron Saint of Ecology

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