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The Heritage of the Franciscan Family

Contemplation, conversion, minority, and poverty are essential Franciscan values.

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Saint Francis is helped by an angel

The Brief Life of St. Francis

The man who longed to be a knight, a man of war, dies a man of peace, at peace with God, with himself, and with all of creation. God had changed his heart, and his changed heart changes the world.

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St. Francis of Assisi - the patron saint of animals. The elements are a separate grouping from the background, so easily used elsewhere.

The Way of St. Francis

It was in the spring of 1224 that Francis composed the final poem of his life, The Canticle of Brother Sun. This is a spontaneous outpouring of love and praise that reveals ingenuously the pro­found unconscious integration that the love of God had affected in his life:

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Father Gabriel Emmanuel prepares the sanctuary for the "transitus"

Franciscan Beliefs, Spirituality, and Philosophy

Though we may not all formally profess to follow Francis of Assisi’s way of life, we can all cultivate Franciscan hearts.

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Pope Francis meets with delegates to the general chapter of the Order of Friars Minor during an audience with 200 Franciscan leaders at the Vatican May 26. U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, who was re-elected head of the order May 21, is seated to the right of the pope. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-FRANCISCANS May 26, 2015.

Mercy and the Franciscan Way

The intersection of the themes of religious life and mercy should be even clearer for those of us who commit to living the Franciscan charism in the modern world, for mercy was a theme close to Francis of Assisi’s heart.

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