Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was...

Poverty & Peace: Saint Francis’ Legacies

Francis understood Jesus’s washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper at a very deep level. He did not need encouragement to be a servant leader; no other way of leading would have made sense to him. Not everyone in the brotherhood came to that conclusion as quickly as he did, but he...

The Final Instructions of Saint Francis

In September 1226, Francis realized that he would die soon. He dictated a Testament for his friars to help them grow in their zeal for Gospel living and the good example that would give power to their words. In fact, Francis died at the sunset that marked the start of October 4. The Testament is a short...

Pope Francis: Our Spiritual Guide

On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention by choosing St. Francis of Assisi as his patron – and he continued his journey towards becoming our spiritual guide. He quickly showed what that means for him: riding the bus with the cardinals back to the Domus Sanctae Marthae (where he...

Pope Francis’s Call to Avoid Appropriation

St. Francis of Assisi considered “appropriation” as the root sin because it claims for a person what belongs to God alone. In calling us to live more truthfully, Pope Francis is inviting us to avoid claiming for ourselves what belongs to God alone. To put it another way, Pope Francis, who was a servant...

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