Tag Archives: Franciscan life

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 »

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Summary: Sunday, June 18-Friday, June 23, 2017 The Franciscan philosopher and theologian Bonaventure teaches that to really see things, we must “consider all material things in their origin, their process, and their end.” Everything comes from God, exemplifies God, and then returns to God. (Sunday) John Duns Scotus’ idea of the Read More »

A Franciscan Revolution

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 A Franciscan Revolution Friday, June 23, 2017 “. . . A man like St. Francis of Assisi, for instance. What does he really mean? . . . A complete break with the pattern of history. . . . A man born out of due time. A sudden, unexplained revival of the 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 »

Inner Authority

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Inner Authority Friday, June 16, 2017 Might the authority of those who suffer bring the diverse cultural and social worlds together? —Johann Baptist Metz [1] This profound question about suffering from a modern German theologian succinctly and precisely expresses the religious breakthrough that Christ has offered humanity. It is also foundational Read More »

Learning to See

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Learning to See Thursday, June 15, 2017 Most religious searches begin with one massive misperception. People tend to start by making a very unfortunate, yet understandable, division between the sacred and the profane worlds. Early stage religion focuses on identifying sacred places, sacred time, and seemingly sacred actions that then leave 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 »

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