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Reflections on St. Francis is a scholarly look at the work of the Saint through the eyes of religious and community leader John Michael Talbot, as he states how St. Francis of Assisi has changed his life for the better. Intriguing, introspective, and educational reading for religious readers, Reflections on St. Francis is an example of the greatness of one man inspiring others to the same.
The Midwest Book Review
The oldest representation of St. Francis, a fresco painted during his lifetime, is to be found at the place where St. Benedict began his monastic journey. Both saints, so different in many ways, wanted to search for God and to live their lives completely according to the Gospel. In our own day, this desire prompted John Michael Talbot to found a new kind of community nourished by the springs which he happily presents here. This book will be a great enrichment for all and will encourage them in their turn to allow their lives be shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Notker Wolf, OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order
John Michael Talbot has pondered deeply for many years the life and writings of St Francis. This book distills the wisdom of centuries old texts and applies them to contemporary life with his own wisdom, gleaned from life’s experiences. It is a good read that will feed people’s desires to reasonably apply to their own lives the lessons the Spirit led St. Francis to embrace.
Abbot Timothy Kelly, OSB, President, American-Cassinese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict
John Michael Talbot reflects on St. Francis, his early mentor, in the light of his monastic experience at Little Portion Hermitage. He is readable and engaging. His commentary is based on wide reading, and he demonstrates a wise and balanced judgment learned in his years as a religious founder and superior. Along the way he relates the teaching of Francis to contemporary events and movements.
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey, Arkansas