Tag: St. Francis

April’s St. Francis Classes Now Available Free of Charge On-Line

St. Francis: Not Just a Garden Statue  For three Sundays, Dr. April Love-Fordham, who spent St. Francis’s feast day in Assisi in 2014 and the two weeks afterwards following in the last steps of St. Francis, retold the the incredible life stories of St. Francis…

St. Francis Meditation Eighteen: “Did Francis Get it Right?”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… Did Francis get it right?  Should those in full time ministry do what Jesus commanded the first disciples to do and go without shoes, only have one…

St. Francis Meditation Seventeen: “Jugglers”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… St Francis asked the question: “Is it not in fact true that the servants of God are really like jugglers, intended to revive the hearts of men…

St. Francis Meditation Sixteen: “Canticle of the Sun”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… St. Francis wrote the Canticle of the Sun and it made him joyful!  Read it today and see if it can fill you with the joy that…

St. Francis Meditation Fifteen: Dominic and Francis

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… St. Dominic was an insider in the church.  St. Francis was a perpetual outsider.  Dominic’s call was to protect the church from heresy through theological education.  He…

St. Francis Meditation Fourteen: “Regret”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis…   Reread the story of the snowmen from yesterday: When St. Francis had regrets as to the decision he had made to follow Christ, he built a…

St. Francis Meditation Thirteen: “Sacrifice”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis…   When St. Francis had regrets as to the decision he had made to follow Christ, he built a family of snowmen to help him look at…

St. Francis Meditation Twelve: “Rule of Life”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… This is a summary of the Rule of Life that St. Francis wrote for Secular Franciscans: Simplicity and humility in dress. Practice Fasting. Be temperate in eating…

St. Francis Meditation Eleven: “Politics”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… The Civil Peace Agreement (between the rich landowners and peasants) that St. Francis negotiated saved Assisi from civil war.  It struck a deal where the peasants would…

St. Francis Meditation Ten: “Clare”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!) of my class on St. Francis… After St. Francis’s death, the Pope wanted St. Clare to give up her vow of poverty.  She answered him by saying: “Holy Father, absolve me of my…