Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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p. v

Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

About two years before he died, Francis of Assisi composed his Canticle of the Creatures. Although he was very ill, blind, and near death, this light-filled hymn emerged from his inner depths as a song of praise and glory resounding throughout the whole creation...

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Chapter One: Is Liturgy the Heart of the Church Today?

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pp. 1-10

Is liturgy the heart of the Church today? This is an interesting question and one that could be answered in many different ways depending perhaps on how one understands the meaning of the key words— liturgy...

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Chapter Two: Sacramentality and Franciscan Worship

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pp. 11-26

If ever there were a person who cultivated a sacramental view of life, it was Francis of Assisi. Everywhere he looked, Francis perceived God’s presence: in the beauty of creation, in the smallest of God’s creatures, in the silence of contemplative prayer...

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Chapter Three: Franciscan Theology of the Eucharist: Does it Inform Our Lives?

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pp. 27-49

Writing a paper that answers the question whether or not the Eucharist informs the lives of Franciscans faces two distinct hurdles. On the one hand, it is a loaded question that can be construed as license to make judgments based on the experiences...

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Chapter Four: The Liturgy of the Hours and the Rhythm of Franciscan Life

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pp. 51-69

The purpose of this essay is to encourage Franciscans (First Order, Second Order and Third Order secular and regular) to pray the Liturgy of the Hours (as they are able) as part of their daily prayer practice and to do so in a particularly...

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Chapter Five: Franciscan Devotions and Postmodern Culture

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pp. 71-90

At the time of the eight-hundredth anniversary of the birth of St. Francis in 1982, nine friars minor in the United States formed a group that called themselves the Committee for Franciscan Liturgical Research (CFLR). They produced a sizeable...

About the Authors

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pp. 91-93