Franciscan Tradition and Resources

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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saint francis and the sultan

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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Stigmata of St. Francis

The Stigmata of St. Francis

This friar reflects on a singular moment in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
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The Heritage of the Franciscan Family

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