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Words Made Flesh

Essays Honoring Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M.

Joseph Chinnici

Publication Year: 2011

Written by some of the finest scholars in the Franciscan world today – Joseph Chinnici, Bishop John Cummins, William J. Short, †Allan B. Wolter, Zachary Hayes, †Regis A. Duffy, Michael D. Guinan, Johannes B. Freyer, Antonie Vos and Mary Beth Ingham – these different approaches to sacraments, ecclesiology, Christology, and anthropology testify to our professor’s academic life, his plumbing of our theological tradition for new insights, and his wide breadth of learning and interests.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Series: Spirit and Life

Title Page

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pp. 1


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pp. 3-4

Contributors to this Volume

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pp. 5-7

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Introduction: The Mariner’s Compass

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pp. 9-13

A person or a Church does not move easily form Santa Barbara, California, a small provincial town with a Catholic community to match, to Berkeley, the bustling cosmopolitan center of one of the world’s great public universities. Even the most experienced explorer would be challenged to make the journey in August...

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Remarks at the Retirement Dinner for Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M.

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pp. 15-18

I. The Franciscans came early to Oakland, namely in 1893 at St. Elizabeth’s. Earlier in 1797 they were in Mission San Jose. They were rather late to Berkeley, 1968. That is their history...

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The Soul’s Short, Straight Path to Truth and Peace (Qualiter anima)

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pp. 19-22

In 1583 and again in 1911 a little text appeared in English on a “speedy way to perfection.”1 Its Latin original is a very early example of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality, written perhaps within a decade of the death of St. Francis. The author’s identity...

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Treatise: How a Soul Can Quickly Reach Knowledge of Truth and Possess Perfect Peace8

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pp. 23-28

Whoever wants to reach knowledge of the truth by a short, straight path, and possess perfect peace of soul, must expropriate himself completely of the love of every creature and even love of his very self,9 so that he may cast himself totally into God, holding back...

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Duns Scotus on What Constitutes Personeity

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pp. 29-71

As I looked for a theological topic where I could make use of information I have about Duns Scotus that has not yet been made available to the general public, I chose the topic of Trinitarian personeity, that is to say, what precisely constitutes a person in...

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History, Metaphysics, and Theology in St. Bonaventure

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pp. 73-83

Aristotle describes the difference between poetry and history in the following words: Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature...

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‘He made a tongue of his whole body,’ A Franciscan Theology of the Word of God

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pp. 85-108

When the yet unconverted Augustine went to hear Ambrose’s preaching in the cathedral of Milan so as to improve his rhetorical skills by listening to a master preacher, he quickly found something better – the compelling Word of God...

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Where In the World Are We? Old Testament Views of Creation

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pp. 109-121

Whether we like it or not, to be human is to live in relationship to and with the world as a whole. It is a given of our existence. How we think about and view the world, then, becomes important for how we will live in it. For a long time, from a spiritual...

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Bonaventure’s Anthropology and Ecclesiology as a universal approach towards a vision of a globalized world

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pp. 123-149

The fact that we have come together this day – from so many different countries and continents – in order to exchange ideas about what Franciscan tradition is – is itself an expression of globalization. Even in the fields of philosophical, theological and...

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John Duns Scotus: An Anthropology of Dignity and Love

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pp. 151-175

We believe. We celebrate. We remember. It is a privilege for me to introduce John Duns from Scotland (Scotus). John was born in Duns in the South of Scotland in the winter of 1266 into a family of the same name: Duns.1 We meet a mature and rich version of the new Christian mode...

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The Tradition and The Third Millenium: The Earth Charter1

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pp. 177-201

All religious traditions, indeed all spiritual traditions are challenged by the contemporary signs of the times. We are challenged to look deep within our own charisms and inspirations to identify what each of us has to bring to this global moment...

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592397
E-ISBN-10: 1576592391
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592243
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592243

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 16
Series Title: Spirit and Life