The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis - 120th Anniversary Edition

The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis - 120th Anniversary Edition

by Jon M. Sweeney

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The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis - 120th Anniversary Edition by Jon M. Sweeney

He conversed with both the pope and the sultan. He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God. He never intended to found a traditional, religious "movement," but he did. His brothers had to guard him closely as he died in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint. Who was Francis of Assisi?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612614632
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Edition description: New Edition, 120th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 570,283
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

About the authors

Paul Sabatier (1858-1928) was educated in Paris and served as a pastor in Strasbourg. In mid-life, he dedicated himself to research and writing about Francis. His pioneering work has influenced the work of generations of scholars and biographers since his time.

Jon M. Sweeney is the author of many books includingThe Pope Who Quit, which was recently optioned by HBO.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 120th Anniversary Edition xi

Introduction xvii

The Annotated Life of St. Francis of Assist

1 His Youth and Family 3

2 Stages of Conversion (Spring 1204-Spring 1206) 9

3 The Church About 1209-Part One 18

4 The Church About 1209-Part Two 25

5 Struggles and Triumph (Spring 1206-February 24, 1209) 34

6 First Year of Apostolate (Spring 1209-Summer 1210) 45

7 St. Francis and Innocent III (Summer 1210) 52

8 Rivo-Torto (1210-1211) 56

9 Portiuncula, Early Companions, and Their Work (1211) 62

10 Brother Francis and Sister Clare 70

11 Francis's Love for All Creatures (Autumn 1212-Summer 1215) 76

12 His Inner Life and Wonder-Working 83

13 The Chapter-General of 1217 and the Influence of Ugolino 89

14 St. Dominic and St. Francis 97

15 The Egyptian Mission: Preaching to the Sultan (Summer 1218-Autumn 1220) 100

16 Crisis in the Order (Autumn 1220) 107

17 Francis's Doubts and Weaknesses 114

18 The Brothers Minor and Learning (1222-1223) 117

19 The Stigmata (1224) 124

20 The Canticle of the Sun (Autumn 1224-Autumn 1225) 131

21 His Last Year (September 1225-End of September 1226) 138

22 Francis's Will and Death (End of September-October 3, 1226) 155

Four Tales from the little flowers of st. Francis

1 The Source of Joy, or, Francis and Leo Walking in the Freezing Rain 165

2 Francis Saves and Nurtures the Turtle-Doves 166

3 How Francis Delivered a Brother from the Hold of the Devil 167

4 When Francis and Rufino Preached in Their Breeches to the People of Assisi 168

A Few Notes about the Editing of Sabatier 171

Glossary of Terms 173

Summaries of Major Characters 177

Sources/Recommended Reading 181

Index 187

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