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Francis of Assisi and almsgiving

Francis of Assisi and almsgiving

prayer fasting almsgiving2There are many ideas that people hold about what it means to be Franciscan.  I was once asked, “Where do you friars keep the animals?”  I was living in the Soundview area of the Bronx at the time.  The person assumed that our way of life would always be surrounded by furry friends.  Later, another person wondered why we were not living out our vow of poverty by spending our day begging for alms?

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The StigmataAfter Francis’ withdrawal from active ministerial leadership of the friars, he witnessed an…View Post

The Stigmata

After Francis’ withdrawal from active ministerial leadership of the friars, he witnessed an…

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Feb 3
A Time of DoubtIn the short span of 12 years (1209-1221), the Franciscans had grown from a small, Assisi-based…View Post

A Time of Doubt

In the short span of 12 years (1209-1221), the Franciscans had grown from a small, Assisi-based…

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Darkness, Candles, and Things UnsaidI am always amazed at the sayings that are attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.  Today, I was asked…View Post

Darkness, Candles, and Things Unsaid

I am always amazed at the sayings that are attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.  Today, I was asked…

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Oct 8
On Mission and Crossing Over BoundariesAmong founders of religious orders, Francis of Assisi is the first who consciously included mission View Post

On Mission and Crossing Over Boundaries

Among founders of religious orders, Francis of Assisi is the first who consciously included mission

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Oct 4
Undressing at the CrossroadsBack in March, we all rejoiced as the white smoke billowed and jubilation erupted in St. Peter’s…View Post

Undressing at the Crossroads

Back in March, we all rejoiced as the white smoke billowed and jubilation erupted in St. Peter’s…

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An Approved Rule of Franciscan Life
The year is 1221 and at the request of the “cardinal protector” of the friars, Cardinal…View Post

An Approved Rule of Franciscan Life

The year is 1221 and at the request of the “cardinal protector” of the friars, Cardinal…

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St. Francis and the Lord’s Prayer

A Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
(Expositio in Pater Noster)

 O Our Father most holy
Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and Savior:

Who are in heaven:
In the angels and the saints,
enlightening them to know, for You, Lord are light;
inflaming them to love,…

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Jul 1
Charism of the Founder - Vocation of the FriarsIn the early summer of 1219, Francis left Assisi and traveled to Egypt, meeting with the Sultan of…View Post

Charism of the Founder - Vocation of the Friars

In the early summer of 1219, Francis left Assisi and traveled to Egypt, meeting with the Sultan of…

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While Francis Was Away…In our previous three articles we described Francis’ part of the 5th Crusade and his meeting with…View Post

While Francis Was Away…

In our previous three articles we described Francis’ part of the 5th Crusade and his meeting with…

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