Title Page

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pp. i-ii

Table of Contents

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pp. iii-iv

Abbreviations

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

Lady Poverty asks her mendicant guests in the Sacrum Commercium to show her their dwelling, their enclosure. Her request provokes the answer that has become a modern Franciscan mantra: “The world is our cloister.” This delightful exchange is often quoted to underscore the recent emergence of Franciscan structures...

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Hermitage or Marketplace?

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pp. 1-30

The 1960s were, without a doubt, a decade of tremendous social change in the world at large as well as in the United States. It is almost axiomatic to note that these monumental changes have had an enormous impact upon the Church: its life, its teaching, its institutions, its understanding of its role and mission in the...

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Wall-to-Wall Ministry

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pp. 31-62

In 1270, the outgoing Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Nicholas of Narbonne, wrote an encyclical letter to his confrères, strongly rebuking the direction which his Order had been taking over the previous twenty years. In bitter tones, he lamented how the spiritual life, which had flourished...

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Pilgrims and Stangers

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pp. 63-170

Geography: does it have anything to do with spirituality? The short epigraph above, taken from the end of an early Franciscan text, captures one of the essential distinctions between the spirituality of the monks and of the friars, and it seems to suggest that geography might have some implication for...