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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

Abbreviations

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p. vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

When the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition of the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (CFIT/ESC-OFM) met to decide the topic for the 2009 Franciscan Symposium...

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Chapter 1: The Cry of the Poor: Are We Listening?

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pp. 1-12

“The cry of the poor: are we listening?” Without a doubt the greatest gift of my work for Maryknoll has been to accompany impoverished people and their communities. I am sure many of you have received...

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Chapter 2: The Early Franciscans and the Use of Money

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pp. 13-37

In the 1935 film classic, Mutiny on the Bounty, there is a humorous scene early on in the film where, shortly after arriving on the island of Tahiti, the midshipman Roger Byam goes ashore to scout...

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Chapter 3: Sharing the Wealth of Poverty: Franciscan Friars at the End of the Middle Ages

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pp. 39-64

Every religious community has a “golden age,” a period of time in which the community has its initial experience of inspiration, new life, and the essential unity based on its values and practices...

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Chapter 4: Poverty: A Cause for Unity or Division?

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pp. 65-80

I’ll begin by speaking as a historian who has done some work on the spiritual Franciscans and wants to put it to use. The spirituals, incidentally, were a faction – more precisely, a series of factions...

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Chapter 5: Is It Possible to Live Franciscan Poverty Today?

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pp. 81-99

In our practical lives, we ask questions in order to find answers. In our spiritual lives, we ask questions in order to enter more deeply into mystery, setting ourselves on a path that often leads to new questions...

About the Authors

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pp. 101-102