June 23, 2021

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

6. Preaching Conversion and Penance When St. Francis wrote about preachers in chapter XVII of the Earlier Rule (46-49), he spoke about their standing, wishing...

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

5. A New Style of Presence in the World In the mindset of the Middle Ages, the friars’ way of being present in the world...

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

4. Characteristics of Religious Orders in His Day Monastic life gained particular importance in the Middle Ages. It was seen as a kind of exile....

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

3. A Message Addressed to All Meeting many people who lived on the margins of society, St. Francis saw an opportunity to realize and practice...

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

2. Invitation to Preaching According to the story from Thomas of Celano (cf. 2 Cel 10 - FF 593) St. Francis heard the voice of...

The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Friars

Introduction Dear confreres, I would like to share some material with you on the missionary vocation of St. Francis. I will describe medieval Europe in...
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