Franciscan Tradition and Resources

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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painting of Blessed John Duns Scotus

John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ

Franciscan spirituality sees all created things as pieces of a beautiful puzzle that only makes sense when fitted into the larger framework, that is, into the image of Christ.
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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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Fresco of St. Francis in prayer

St. Francis’ Style of Prayer

Prayer is about God and our relationship to God. How we understand God’s relationship to us is very important. If I use distant and remote language to speak of God, then I will imagine that God is distant and remote.
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Illustration of Saint Clare

St. Clare’s Gamble

Many people thought Clare of Assisi, a noblewoman, was wasting her life by living as a cloistered nun at San Damiano. She proved them wrong.
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St. Bonaventure: A Franciscan Heart

St. Bonaventure may not be as well-known as Sts. Francis and Anthony, but he is an important figure in both Franciscan history and the history of the medieval Church. A Minister General of the Franciscan Order and a Cardinal and ...
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