Surveying the broad panorama of medieval Franciscans at prayer, this book offers a nuanced perspective on Franciscan beliefs and spiritual practices that underscores the depth and breath of their mutual passion for the divine and the world they shared.
Fr. John Mark, OSF, D.Min. is an ordained Episcopal priest and the Minister-General of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion. He received his Master of Divinity for the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, Texas and his Doctorate of Ministry from Nashotah Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin
Masterfully written and intensely enlightening, Franciscan Prayer could very well be considered the essential handbook for all those seeking to pray and live the Franciscan way. With exquisite execution, Franciscan theologian Ilia Delio clearly outlines what it means to pray as a Franciscan. Through her experience as a discalced Carmelite nun and then her transformation into Franciscan scholar, Sister Delio brings to light the “contemplative,” “cosmic” and “evangelizing” aspects of Franciscan prayer. Everyone, says Delio, seems to know about Francis’ life, his miracles, his devotion to evangelization and his dedication to living a simple and humble life, yet few know about his prayer life, which seemed, over the centuries, to get lost in the paper shuffle between theologians, followers and historical biographers. It is through Clare of Assisi, Delio asserts, that we have insights into the Franciscan path of prayer. “[Clare] provides the ‘road-map’ of prayer for evangelical life…she was able to do this because she lived under monastic rule while ardently desiring evangelical life.” Through Clare’s letters and actions, we find the rudiments of Franciscan prayer: “Gaze—Consider—Contemplate—Imitate.” Delio also uses the insights of Saint Bonaventure as well as Saint Francis to fully show the meaning and purpose of prayer in the Franciscan tradition.
People are searching for a sense of comfort and meaning in their lives, but sometimes we don't know how to pray or where to begin. In The Simplest Prayer, the Irish Franciscans show us how to achieve a sense of calm and peace by incorporating prayer into our lives in the simplest way and with the simplest prayer - to Jesus, and, in doing so, show us how we can open our lives to acceptance, love, happiness and inner peace. Based on a website created by the Poor Clares and the Irish Franciscans for the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus, the book will include reflections and thoughts from the Irish Franciscans on Jesus' words and how they can relate to us in our daily lives, along with scripture quotations for use in times of loss, grief, gratitude, happiness, self-doubt and depression, and practical advice on meditation and mindfulness. The Simplest Prayer will show us how, by introducing moments of calm into our everyday lives, we can achieve a sense of happiness and peace.
The "Franciscan Prayer School" would like to show a path that leads step by step into prayer and that seeks to convey the depth and tradition of Franciscan contemplation in a contemporary way. The present texts can be taken as a separate personal prayer school for one week for daily contemplation or simply considered as individual elements and deepened personally. In the spirit of St. Francis, it should become clear that Jesus looks at us, speaks to us and touches us. As a result, the heart of man is transformed and widened.
David Torkington tells the story of a small group of secular Franciscans on pilgrimage in Franciscan Italy led by the hermit Peter Calvay. The book shows how the essence of Christian spirituality is restored by Francis and details the implications of the revelation of the Primacy of Love received by Francis moments before he received the Stigmata. It then explains how this is the starting point for St Bonaventure's spirituality and John Duns Scotus? Mystical Theology of love. This profound theology is detailed with consummate clarity and made practical in the lives of two of the pilgrims who commit themselves to each other for life.
• Experiential activities for celebrating secular and sacred seasons of the year • Activities can be used in any setting: church, home, school Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together—at church, at home, in our communities. Holidays and family events are times for celebration, learning, rituals, food, and fun. For each edition of Faithful Celebrations, you will discover plenty of activities to learn more about the season, holiday, or special day for church settings, at home, camp, or anywhere in between. This abundance of ideas allows you to create meaningful celebrations within a faith context throughout the year. Each event to be celebrated includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group. Making Time for God in Autumn includes Back to School, Labor Day, St. Francis International Day of Peace, Halloween, All Saints, and Thanksgiving.