15 Days of Prayer with Saint Francis of Assisi

15 Days of Prayer with Saint Francis of Assisi

by O.F.M. Matura, O.F.M. Lachance

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BN ID: 2940012657985
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 02/16/2011
Series: 15 days of Prayer , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 456 KB

About the Author

Thadde Matura, a specialist in Franciscan spirituality, has written over a dozen books on St. Francis of Assisi and his message.

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Matura's book, as others in the15 Days of Prayer series, includes suggestions for choosing a time and place for prayer and exercising the freedom "to be myself and to be gentle and understanding of who I am." Each session begins with a focus point and ends with reflection questions. The introduction explains that the book is not the story of Francis or his personal journey but of his concept of God and his understanding of life according to the Gospel. Francis' spiritual message, Matura writes, is theological, mystical, and styled not in abstract language but as a poetic song of praise. Of particular interest is one of Francis' most famous works, the "Canticle of the Creatures," in which elements are addressed as brother (sun, wind and fire), sister (water, moon and stars), and mother (earth). Matura explains that the canticle grew out of a period of despair. It praises not created reality but God, who is all powerful and worthy of praise, glory, and thanksgiving from all of creation "for all creatures give us a glimpse of God's dazzling glory." It was a stroke of genius, Matura writes, that led Francis to discover "a sort of parental linkage with inanimate beings." Francis saw that the elements and humankind consist of similar matter and result from the same creative impulse. Matura expresses it with these words: "Between ourselves and them there is not a radical discontinuity but rather mutual bonds that need to be highlighted." The reflection questions for the Canticle material deal with ecological issues and such personal considerations as whether it is easier to find God in the harmony of creation or the sufferings of the poor.