To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans

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Whether you are a professed Franciscan of many years or someone just beginning to seek a spiritual understanding of Francis and Clare of Assisi, To Live as Francis Lived will lead you to a closer life with Jesus Christ. Through a process of prayer, reflection, study texts, questions and connections to Scripture, you will be formed in the Franciscan way of life as Francis lived it in his own time.
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Overview

Whether you are a professed Franciscan of many years or someone just beginning to seek a spiritual understanding of Francis and Clare of Assisi, To Live as Francis Lived will lead you to a closer life with Jesus Christ. Through a process of prayer, reflection, study texts, questions and connections to Scripture, you will be formed in the Franciscan way of life as Francis lived it in his own time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867163964
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 641,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Foley, O.F.M., was a popular retreat master and speaker on Catholic identity and Franciscan topics. He wrote the best-selling Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith (St. Anthony Messenger Press). Jovian Weigel, O.F.M., is chaplain to the Archbishop Leibold Home operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served over thirty years as spiritual assistant of the Secular Franciscan Order of the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati and nine years as executive secretary for the North American Federation of the Third Order of St. Francis in the United States and Canada. Patti Normile, S.F.O., has served as fraternity minister and formation director for the Secular Franciscan Order in Cincinnati and editor of the National Fraternity newsletter, TAU-USA. She serves on the Board of Franciscan Family Apostolate. She wrote Following Francis of Assisi: A Spirituality for Daily Living (St. Anthony Messenger Press).
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
The Foundation
Reflection 1 Beginning Again 2
Reflection 2 The Nature and Purpose of the Secular Franciscan Order 6
Reflection 3 The Mission of the Secular Franciscan Order Is to Live the Gospel Life 10
Reflection 4 Franciscan Spirituality 13
Reflection 5 God Is Love 16
Reflection 6 Christ, the Masterpiece Planned From Eternity 23
Reflection 7 The Grace of Christ 26
Reflection 8 Jesus Visible Today 30
Reflection 9 The Real Christ 33
Reflection 10 The Gift of the Spirit 36
Reflection 11 Mary, Our Mother and Model 40
Conversion
Reflection 12 Penance: Turning to God and Away from Sin 46
Reflection 13 The Consequences of Penance 50
Reflection 14 The Sacrament of Reconciliation 54
Reflection 15 The Poverty of Christ 59
Reflection 16 Poverty for the Kingdom 62
Reflection 17 Some External Applications of Poverty 66
Reflection 18 Humility, the Twin of Poverty 69
Reflection 19 Humility Toward Others 73
Reflection 20 A Life of Chastity 77
Reflection 21 Youth--Hope for the Future 80
Reflection 22 Obedience 84
Prayer
Reflection 23 The Spirit and Practice of Prayer 88
Reflection 24 Praying With God's Word 91
Reflection 25 A Method of Praying 95
Reflection 26 Christ Joins Us to His Prayer: The Liturgy 98
Reflection 27 Eucharist: Contemplating the Mystery 101
Reflection 28 The Liturgy of the Hours 104
Reflection 29 Praying as a Group 108
Reflection 30 Clare, Bright Light 111
The Apostolates
Reflection 31 Family Life: Holiness in Its Place 117
Reflection 32 Charity: Loving All People 121
Reflection 33 The Forgiveness of Christ 124
Reflection 34 Being Christ to Others 127
Reflection 35 Seeing Christ in Others 130
Reflection 36 Justice: The First Requirement of Charity 133
Reflection 37 Justice: Bringing the Gospel to the World 136
Reflection 38 Justice: Our New Social Problems 139
Reflection 39 The Practice of Justice 144
Reflection 40 The Apostolate of Peacemaking 148
Reflection 41 Caring for Creation 151
Reflection 42 Work: A Joint Venture in Creation 154
Reflection 43 Charity for the Sick 158
Reflection 44 The Apostolate: 'Repair My Church' 162
Reflection 45 The Apostolate: That All May Be One 166
Reflection 46 The Apostolate of Good Example 169
Reflection 47 Perfect Joy 172
Structure
Reflection 48 Fraternity as Community 176
Reflection 49 Organization of the Secular Franciscan Order 179
Reflection 50 Structure of the Secular Franciscan Order 183
Reflection 51 Profession/Commitment 186
Reflection 52 Let Us Begin Again, and Again, and Again 189
Resources 191
The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order 199
Invitation 208
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