Saint Francis of Assisi: A Guide for Our Times

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Peeters Publishers, 2007 - Religion - 237 pages
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However interesting and important the stories by his contemporaries are, there is no better place to discover the most profound inspiration of Saint Francis of Assisi than in his own writings. These prayers, poems, proverbs, rules and letters are a gold-mine for those who wish to delve into his thoroughly biblical spirituality. He reveals himself in them as being someone who was permanently touched and marked by his encounter with Christ. In brief: the seeker of God who considered his fellow-creatures as his brothers and sisters; someone who even these days still exerts an unequalled magnetism due to his radical following of Christ. However this does not mean that his biblically inspired radiance does not need to be translated to the challenges of modern life. This is because the eight centuries separating us from him form a wide chasm. In a small way, this book endeavours to contribute to the actualisation of Francis' charisma: a freely chosen life-style characterised by having no possessions as well as by courageous service and courteous respect to others. What can his biblical 'art of living' signify for the modern individual who jealously guards his or her freedom in a world marked by excessive planning and omnipresent technology, and who at the same time is usually not quite sure for whom or for what he or she is actually free?
 

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Contents

The purpose of this book
12
A snapshot?
21
What does praising mean?
31
A sonnet for Clare and her sisters
41
A contemporary of Francis discusses the Canticle
48
A PATHWAY
60
The symbolism of a church
67
THANKING SERVING BEARING
93
Christogramme
169
A comparison of Admonition 27 with the Praises of God
178
Names for the Divine Persons
184
What do the vices refer to?
187
Christogramme
194
The continuation of Christs suffering in the Church
205
The limits to what is makeable
212
Signs of the times
224

a walk along the pathway of learning
103
THE ART OF GIVING BACK AND OF BEARING
112
FRANCIS VISION ON MOUNT LA VERNA
143
In remembrance of Him
233
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