As Pope Francis continues to call for the rebuilding of the Church, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy, author of The Spirituality of Fasting and Eucharistic Adoration, offers a timely look at what today’s Church can learn from St. Francis of Assisi about evangelization and renewal. When Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio chose the name Francis, a renewed sense of hope and energy swept through the Church. In this timely book, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy examines the correlations between the two ...
As Pope Francis continues to call for the rebuilding of the Church, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy, author of The Spirituality of Fasting and Eucharistic Adoration, offers a timely look at what today’s Church can learn from St. Francis of Assisi about evangelization and renewal.
When Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio chose the name Francis, a renewed sense of hope and energy swept through the Church. In this timely book, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy examines the correlations between the two Francises and shows why St. Francis is an ideal model for today. Just as in St. Francis’s time, today’s Church can only be rebuilt and reinforced by a spiritual renewal that comes from within itself, a vision that Pope Francis carries forward in the New Evangelization. Pope Paul VI, the first modern pope to focus on evangelization, once said, “People today listen more to witnesses than to teachers.” Pope Francis knows that St. Francis is just such a witness and Murphy enlivens them both for his readers.
"Msgr. Murphy offers readers an insightful look into the significance and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi for the Church and world today according to the New Evangelization and the wonderfully hopeful election of Pope Francis. This book, the first of its kind, is sure to inspire rich conversation and deep reflection on the meaning of Christian discipleship in our time, and challenge us to 'preach by our deeds' JUST AS [both] the saint and the pope named Francis DID."
Maureen E. Sullivan, O.P., Author of The Road to Vatican II
"The Church must continue to re-propose its message for every new generation. To do this, word and witness have to be one and the same. In this book, Msgr. Charles Murphy offers us two superb examples of this authentic witness in St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, thereby making a significant contribution to contemporary discussions of the New Evangelization."
Catherine E. Clifford, Coauthor of Keys to the Council
"Charles M. Murphy presents a series of thoughtful reflections on key aspects in the life and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. He proposes the great thirteenth-century mendicant friar as a model of gospel living for our time. This work provides an important insight into the kind of authentic witness required to carry out the New Evangelization mandated by the recent international synod of bishops, and into the appeal of the newly elected pope, the first to take the name of Francis."
Monsignor Charles M. Murphy is the director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and several books, including The Spirituality of Fasting, At Home on the Earth, Wallace Stevens: A Spiritual Poet in a Secular Age, and Belonging to God. Murphy is the former academic dean and rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and served as part of the editorial group working in Italy under Cardinal Ratzinger on the third draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which became the fourth and final version.
Murphy serves as consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on catechetics, reviewing materials for conformity with the Catechism. He served as chair of the editorial committee that produced the pastoral letter on environmental issues by the Bishops of the Boston Province and he served as a consultant to the USCCB for their statement on global warming. He has been the pastor of four parishes in Maine and has served his diocese in ecumenical and educational capacities. Murphy holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in classics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., is the Archbishop of Boston and a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, commonly known as the Capuchins.