Franciscan Tradition and Resources

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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To Live the Gospel Life

What Francis meant by “Gospel” was Jesus, the living Word of God made living flesh and living with us today.
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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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A Franciscan prays in St. Saviour Monastery on the day of prayers and fasting for peace in the Old City of Jerusalem, Oct.17, 2023. That day a massive blast rocked CNEWA-supported al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City packed with wounded and other Palestinians seeking shelter, killing hundreds of people, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said. (OSV News photo/Debbie Hill)

Contemplation and the Franciscan Tradition 

Prayer is defined as a lifting of our hearts and minds to God, and contemplation can be considered the highest form of prayer.
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Strangers to Brothers: St. Francis and the Sultan

As Francis drew nearer, the Sultan’s expression changed to one of mild amusement. Francis couldn’t help returning the expression.
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Francis and Clare: Where the Tradition Begins

The genius of their spirituality was their recognition that the Gospels could and should be lived by every person.
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