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Francis of Assisi Heritage and Heirs

Eight Centuries Later

Thaddee Matura, translated by Paul Lachance

Publication Year: 2010

In this thought-provoking book Thaddée Matura offers a new way of lookingIn this thought-provoking book Thaddée Matura offers a new way of looking at how the Franciscan tradition was adapted and contemporized during the centuries. In a clear and accessible style he shows how the Franciscan Family has gotten to the stage it now enjoys and shows how liberating history can be and is. In 2004 Franciscan Institute Publications reprinted Matura’s Francis of Assisi: The Message in His Writings.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. iii-iv

Abbreviations for the Writings of Francis of Assisi

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pp. v-

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

What can I be thinking and saying as a Friar Minor – a Franciscan – living at the onset of this third millennium when celebrations are taking place to honor the eighth centenary of the birth of an adventure of which I consider myself to be an heir...

The Heritage

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pp. 5-42

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I. The Life of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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pp. 5-10

What, precisely, do we wish to commemorate by celebrating, in 2009, the eighth centenary of the birth of the Franciscan family? The answer to this question has been provided and authorized by the text which opened the extraordinary Chapter...

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II. Francis of Assisi “Theologian”?

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pp. 11-22

Francis is one of the most attractive and well-known figures of Western Christianity. The eight centuries separating us from the beginnings of his Gospel adventure – around 1205 – have not diminished...

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III. Three Perspectives on Francis’s Message

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pp. 23-42

Did Francis have an experience of God? Did he meet him and find him? What were the places and situations in which he found God. What God did he find? Then how did Francis proceed – or did he simply let it happen...

The Heirs

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pp. 43-103

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I. References to Franciscan Identity Throughout Eighth Centuries

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pp. 43-55

For eight centuries a group of men and women bearing the name “Franciscan” have existed in the Church. One can recognize, therein, a certain number of common traits, ways of seeing and acting...

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II. The Mystery and the Problem of Franciscan Poverty Yesterday and Today

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pp. 55-74

The theme of poverty is a major subject both in its content and in its vital importance for the Franciscan vocation. To treat it, while taking into account the historical data and today’s challenges, is difficult...

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III. Post-Conciliar Transformations in Franciscan Life

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pp. 75-94

The title given to these reflections calls for an explanation. It deals with “transformations,” that is to say changes, modifications of a reality which while remaining itself takes on another form and experiences a “metamorphosis.” These transformations...

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IV. The Fundamental Values of Franciscan Identity

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pp. 94-103

It is normal and even necessary that, facing the future, Franciscans need to ask themselves about their identity. The reflections that follow propose to describe what is being sought, raise a few critical questions...

Further Reading, Back Cover

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pp. 104-


E-ISBN-13: 9781576592434
E-ISBN-10: 157659243X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592144
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592146

Page Count: 109
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First