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Francis the Writer...

Many people are surprised to hear that St. Francis of Assisi left behind a fair body of writing—55 texts in the excellent volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, The Saint, edited by Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv., and William Short, OFM.

Francis had enough formal education to write in Latin, but Thomas of Eccleston, an English confrere, noted its primitive style. Francis’ writings were always sparked by a specific need, and he sometimes worked with collaborators who could cite Scripture references when Francis knew only the gist of a story or one of its colorful details.

My “Dear Reader” column this year will examine 11 of Francis’ writings, explaining their content, context, and ongoing influence. What is often called “The Peace Prayer of St. Francis”—part of it dating to an 11th-century prayer, but later expanded and popularized during World War I—will not be included. This prayer certainly reflects Francis’ spirit, but we know that he did not write it. Francis’ writing was influenced most of all by the Scriptures.

May we treasure them as God’s unique self-revelation!

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s “Dear Reader” column in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.



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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."