Tag Archives: Franciscan spirituality

The Joy of the Gospel

Joy and Hope The Joy of the Gospel Sunday, November 25, 2018 I believe that St. Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. . . . [He] was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his open-heartedness. —Pope Francis [1]… Continue Reading The Joy of the Gospel

Every Being Is of God’s Making

The Natural World: Week 1 Every Being Is of God’s Making Wednesday, March 7, 2018 If you would learn more, ask the cattle, Seek information from the birds of the air. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, And the fishes of the sea will tell you all. There is not a single… Continue Reading Every Being Is of God’s Making

The Soul of All Things

The Natural World: Week 1 The Soul of All Things Monday, March 5, 2018 As we saw yesterday, the modern and postmodern self largely lives in a world of its own construction, and it reacts for or against its own human-made ideas. While calling ourselves intelligent, we’ve lost touch with the natural world and, as… Continue Reading The Soul of All Things

Franciscan Mysticism

Experience Franciscan Mysticism Thursday, January 26, 2017 As I shared yesterday, mysticism is experiential knowledge of spiritual things. Franciscan mysticism is a trustworthy and simple—though not necessarily easy—path precisely because it refuses to be mystified by doctrinal abstractions, moralism, or false asceticism (although some Franciscans have gone this route). Franciscanism is truly a sidewalk spirituality… Continue Reading Franciscan Mysticism

One Part of Creation

Nature: Week 2 One Part of Creation Thursday, November 17, 2016 If you would learn more, ask the cattle, Seek information from the birds of the air. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, And the fishes of the sea will tell you all. There is not a single creature that does not… Continue Reading One Part of Creation

The Univocity of Being

Nature: Week 2 The Univocity of Being Monday, November 14, 2016 Christ has something in common with all creatures. With the stone he [sic] shares existence, with the plants he shares life, with the animals he shares sensation, and with the angels he shares intelligence. Thus all things are transformed in Christ since in the… Continue Reading The Univocity of Being

Great Chain of Being

Nature: Week 2 Great Chain of Being Sunday, November 13, 2016 I would like to reclaim an ancient, evolving, and very Franciscan metaphor—the Great Chain of Being—to name the nature of the universe, God, and the self, and to direct our future thinking. Using this image, medieval theologians tried to communicate a linked and coherent… Continue Reading Great Chain of Being

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