Franciscan Tradition and Resources

Saint Anthony holds the child jesus

St. Anthony of Padua: Finder, Teacher, Matchmaker, Guide

This friar writes about the popular customs and devotions to St. Anthony.
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Illustration of Mary and Jesus

The Poverty of Christ

First and before all, Francis wanted to imitate the poverty of Christ. He was not pursuing an abstract ideal.
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Photo of Padre Pio and the Madona by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ, via Flickr

Padre Pio and the Madonna

Padre Pio nurtured his love for the Mother of Jesus from the time he was a child. He would go to the church in Pietrelcina to greet and to pray to Our Lady of Graces.
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Statue of St. Francis | Image by Robert Cheaib from Pixabay

St. Francis and Lady Poverty

Reflecting on how Francis and the brothers honored Lady Poverty has helped me to see how they lived their walking in the footsteps of Christ.
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Fresco of Saint Clare of Assisi

St. Clare: Bright Light

What does Clare teach us about following Jesus? She teaches us to follow Francis, who followed Jesus so perfectly.
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two doves | Photo by Ali Azad

Humility: The Twin of Poverty

In his simple wisdom, Francis saw poverty and humility as twins. We are absolutely dependent on God for all things: that is humility.
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