To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans

To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans

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To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans by Leonard Foley O.F.M., Jovian Weigel O.F.M., Patti Normile S.F.O.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867163964
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
The Foundation
Reflection 1Beginning Again2
Reflection 2The Nature and Purpose of the Secular Franciscan Order6
Reflection 3The Mission of the Secular Franciscan Order Is to Live the Gospel Life10
Reflection 4Franciscan Spirituality13
Reflection 5God Is Love16
Reflection 6Christ, the Masterpiece Planned From Eternity23
Reflection 7The Grace of Christ26
Reflection 8Jesus Visible Today30
Reflection 9The Real Christ33
Reflection 10The Gift of the Spirit36
Reflection 11Mary, Our Mother and Model40
Conversion
Reflection 12Penance: Turning to God and Away from Sin46
Reflection 13The Consequences of Penance50
Reflection 14The Sacrament of Reconciliation54
Reflection 15The Poverty of Christ59
Reflection 16Poverty for the Kingdom62
Reflection 17Some External Applications of Poverty66
Reflection 18Humility, the Twin of Poverty69
Reflection 19Humility Toward Others73
Reflection 20A Life of Chastity77
Reflection 21Youth--Hope for the Future80
Reflection 22Obedience84
Prayer
Reflection 23The Spirit and Practice of Prayer88
Reflection 24Praying With God's Word91
Reflection 25A Method of Praying95
Reflection 26Christ Joins Us to His Prayer: The Liturgy98
Reflection 27Eucharist: Contemplating the Mystery101
Reflection 28The Liturgy of the Hours104
Reflection 29Praying as a Group108
Reflection 30Clare, Bright Light111
The Apostolates
Reflection 31Family Life: Holiness in Its Place117
Reflection 32Charity: Loving All People121
Reflection 33The Forgiveness of Christ124
Reflection 34Being Christ to Others127
Reflection 35Seeing Christ in Others130
Reflection 36Justice: The First Requirement of Charity133
Reflection 37Justice: Bringing the Gospel to the World136
Reflection 38Justice: Our New Social Problems139
Reflection 39The Practice of Justice144
Reflection 40The Apostolate of Peacemaking148
Reflection 41Caring for Creation151
Reflection 42Work: A Joint Venture in Creation154
Reflection 43Charity for the Sick158
Reflection 44The Apostolate: 'Repair My Church'162
Reflection 45The Apostolate: That All May Be One166
Reflection 46The Apostolate of Good Example169
Reflection 47Perfect Joy172
Structure
Reflection 48Fraternity as Community176
Reflection 49Organization of the Secular Franciscan Order179
Reflection 50Structure of the Secular Franciscan Order183
Reflection 51Profession/Commitment186
Reflection 52Let Us Begin Again, and Again, and Again189
Resources191
The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order199
Invitation208

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