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A Franciscan Discipleship Handbook


Spiritual Formation and Guidance in the Writings of Francis of Assisi


St. Francis of Assisi is as popular today as ever before. This book deals with the training St. Francis received in undertaking the life of discipleship to Christ and the training St. Francis gave to others to help them live their vocation as disciples of Christ. St. Francis of Assisi was constantly aware of God's hand being ever operative in his own life. Helping others perceive God's direct and personal intervention in their lives highlights St. Francis' way of training others in Christian discipleship.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-238-8
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 18
Publication Date: Jun 8,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 211
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-238-8
$56.25
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This book deals with the training St. Francis received in undertaking the life of discipleship to Christ and the training St. Francis gave to others to help them live their vocation as disciples of Christ. St. Francis of Assisi was constantly aware of God's hand being ever operative in his own life. Helping others perceive God's direct and personal intervention in their lives highlights St. Francis' way of training others in Christian discipleship.

This book deals with the training St. Francis received in undertaking the life of discipleship to Christ and the training St. Francis gave to others to help them live their vocation as disciples of Christ. St. Francis of Assisi was constantly aware of God's hand being ever operative in his own life. Helping others perceive God's direct and personal intervention in their lives highlights St. Francis' way of training others in Christian discipleship.

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Contributor Biography

Jim Day

I received a Ph. D. in Enginneering in 1988, M.S./M.Div. in 2005, Th.D. in 2008. I am an Oblate of Saint Benedict affiliated with Belmont Abbey in Belmont, North Carolina.My research include spirituality and religious conversion.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Introduction (page 7)
  • Part One: The Spiritual Formation and Guidance in Francis Life (page 13)
    • Chapter One: The Lord as Francis Supreme Director and Guide (page 15)
      • I. Grace of Vocation to Discipleship (page 19)
      • II. Life of Penance (page 23)
      • III. Francis, a Sinner (page 27)
      • IV. Life Among Lepers (page 29)
      • V. Moments of Discernmentand Leaving the World (page 35)
    • Chapter Two.Francis Spiritual Growth: Initiation Into Life of Faith (page 43)
      • I. Francis Faith Localized in Churches (page 43)
        • 1. His Attitude towards Churches„its Background (page 46)
        • 2. A Faith Localized in Churches (page 49)
        • 3. Progression in his Faith localized in Churches (page 52)
      • II. His Faith in Priests (page 57)
      • III. His Faith Under Trial (page 61)
    • Chapter Three. Agents of Spiritual Formation and Guidance in Francis Life (page 67)
      • I. Persons (page 67)
        • 1. Lady Pica (page 67)
        • 2. The Clergy (page 70)
        • 3. Bishop Guido and Cardinal Protectors (page 71)
        • 4. Guidance from Brothers (page 75)
        • 5. Openness to Guidance from Others (page 78)
      • II. Other Factors (page 80)
        • 1. Bible as Francis Guide (page 80)
        • 2. Nature as Francis Guide. (page 82)
  • Part Two: The Spiritual Formation and Guidance by Francis (page 89)
    • Chapter Four: Francis as Spiritual Director (page 91)
      • I. Beneficiaries (page 91)
        • 1. His Friars (page 92)
        • 2. Clare and Companions (page 98)
        • 3. Other Beneficiaries (page 102)
      • II. His Qualities as Guide (page 107)
        • 1. A Sense of Mission (page 108)
        • 2. Respectable Towards Beneficiaries (page 110)
        • 3. Empathetic Towards One and All (page 113)
    • Chapter Five: Characteristics of Francis Spiritual Formation and Guidance (page 117)
      • I. Context of Prayer (page 117)
      • II. Francis as Teacher of Prayer (page 120)
        • 1. Prayer for Oneself (page 121)
        • 2. Prayer for Others (page 123)
        • 3. Prayer of Praise (page 127)
        • 4. Common Prayers (page 129)
        • 5. Prayer along with and through Nature (page 132)
      • III. Guidance for Christian Living (page 136)
        • 1. Gospel as Normative for Life (page 137)
        • 2. Christ as the Model (page 138)
        • 3. Specific Guidelines (page 139)
          • a. Blessedness of those who follow Jesus Christ. (page 140)
          • b. Unhappiness of the Wicked (page 141)
      • IV. Stepping-Stones to Growth (page 142)
        • 1. Spiritual Moorings (page 142)
        • 2. Sacramental Life (page 143)
        • 3. Fraternal Life (page 146)
        • 4. Concrete Suggestions (page 147)
    • Chapter Six. Towards Discernment and Personal Decision: Orientations of Francis Guidance (page 149)
      • I. Participation in Spiritual Experiences (page 149)
        • 1. Audite PoverelleŽ (page 151)
          • a. Experiences of Vocation (page 153)
          • b. Temptations to look outside (page 154)
          • c. Dangers from Benefactions (page 156)
          • d. Sickness and Assistance (page 157)
          • e. Foretasting Eternal Life (page 162)
      • II. Interpersonal Relationship (page 163)
        • 1. The Letter to Brother Leo (page 163)
          • a. Spiritual Guide as Brother (page 164)
          • b. Spiritual Guide as Mother (page 166)
          • c. Spiritual Guide as Companion (page 168)
          • d. Spiritual Guide as Counselor (page 170)
          • e. Spiritual Guide as Man of God (page 172)
          • f. Spiritual Guide as Friend (page 175)
      • III. Guidance Towards Discernment (page 177)
        • 1. The Letter to a Minister (page 178)
          • a. Confidentiality (page 178)
          • b. Discernment based on Reality (page 180)
          • c. Discernment based on Love (page 183)
          • d. Discernment based on Duty (page 185)
        • 2. The Letter to Saint Anthony (page 188)
          • a. Suggestions as Part of Discernment (page 189)
    • Conclusion (page 193)
    • Bibliography (page 203)
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