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There’s Something about Francis...

Two articles popped into my Facebook news feed yesterday, both on the search for the authentic St. Francis: a The New Yorker article, Looking for St. Francis, about a display in New York of the few documents in Francis’s own hand, and “Early Celano Umbrian Legend Discovered.” The second referred to the discovery of a new document, believed by scholars to be authentic, by Francis’s first “biographer,” Thomas of Celano.

When asked by L’Osservatore Romano what struck him the most about this newly discovered work, scholar Jacques Dalarun said,”… after a careful reading, it becomes clear that the author’s reflection becomes deeper over time, especially on the theme of poverty and love for creation. Tommaso da Celano was a very profound man and he never stopped reflecting on the teachings of Francis.”

We are fascinated by the person of St. Francis because his life of gospel simplicity seems so difficult that from the beginning his followers have been challenged by that ideal. Pope Francis, just three days after his election, said, “Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

In the nearly two years of his papacy, the pope has frequently spoken about Franciscan ideals. His thoughts are collected for the first time in The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the life and legacy of Francis of Assisi to life.


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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."