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Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations

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Preface

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pp. 7-8

To be human is to search for meaning. Each of us, by nature, always asks “what does this mean?” So, whether we love, work, or create, we search for meaning. We want to know not only what is true,...

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1. Gospel Preaching and Gospel Life: Similarities and Differences

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pp. 9-32

What do we mean by preaching the Gospel? How did the men and women of the early Franciscan movement relate this activity to their desire to “live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel”?1 What are...

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2. Clerics, Laity and Preaching the Gospel Among The Early Franciscans

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pp. 33-54

The clericalization of the Franciscan Order and its impact on the restriction of preaching to educated and ordained friars is generally presented as a sad story, but there is much more to the story that has been overlooked because of our preoccupation with official or doctrinal...

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3. Preaching Women: The Tradition of Mendicant Women

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pp. 55-78

When I was five years old, my mother would tell me to chew with my mouth closed. When I was eight, she told me to eat brussels sprouts. And by the time I was thirteen and already 5’11”, she told me to stand...

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4. The Impact of Clericalization on Franciscan Evangelization

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pp. 79-122

Three decades ago a friar narrated to me one of the key events of his life, the turning point in his practice of Franciscan ministry in the Church and the world...

About the Authors

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pp. 123-124