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Stoking the Fire of Hope

Fioretti for Our Times

by Hermann Schaluck, OFM

Publication Year: 1997

The narratives - or, Fioretti (an anonymous collection of texts from the fourteenth century about the early days of the Franciscan family) - presented in this book attempt to draw from subjective experiences and events in today's Franciscan family on several continents and in many cultures. In the metaphors and comparisons of picturesque and sometimes unusual language, they present to Francis's brothers and sisters today's problems and challenges and the question of the meaning of the Franciscan heritage in contexts different from that of the Middle Ages.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications


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Front Pages

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Table of Contents

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pp. ix

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pp. xi-xii

In this book I present a series of texts which were written between 1985 and 1996. With a few exceptions their style recalls that of the Fioretti, an anonymous collection of texts from the fourteenth century about some events, tendencies, and even tensions in the early days of the Franciscan family, written...

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pp. xiii-xvii

Only three years now separate the human race from the moment of passing into a new millennium. Almost 2000 years ago our Lord and Brother Jesus of Nazareth made his visible entrance into our history. That is why the year 2000 is...

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Chapter 1. 1985-1986

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pp. 1-16

In the beautiful month of May 1985, Brother Francis of Santa Maria degli Angeli was coming back with Brother John of Santa Barbara from a six-year trip around the Order of Lesser Brothers. As they were coming up the Viale Giovanni XXIII toward...

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Chapter 2. 1987-1988

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pp. 17-58

1987, as Transalpine Europe was in the grip of winter darkness and frost which indeed did not spare Cisalpine Europe, behold brothers came from the rising of the sun and from its setting to Berlin in the Brandenburg region in order to worship the Lord who is the light in the darkness and to greet...

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Chapter 3. 1989-1990

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pp. 59-91

In the year of the bicentenary of the Great Revolution, the second year of the Intifada in the state of Israel, the year of the ecumenical assemblies in Basel and Seoul, behold, a good number of ministers and servants of Gaul, plus Brother Samuel from the distant country of Vietnam, set out...

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Chapter 4. 1991-1992

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pp. 92-130

And God saw how human beings throughout the earth, from East and West, from North and South, without distinction of race, religion, or sex began to weave close bonds of friendship. Nations chose their best men and women and sent them to that famous glass palace on the island of Manhattan,...

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Chapter 5. 1993-1994

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pp. 131-166

...been allowed to carry only “the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,the onions, and the garlic” (Nm 11:5) to market. Children and oldpeople love to ride on my back to the Nile. But today must surely bea special day. We have guests. No, not a family in flight as on thatoccasion many centuries ago. Only the Minister of the Franciscans...

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pp. 167-175

It was spring again. The Muslim world had begun Ramadan and Christians were preparing to celebrate the season of Lent in 1995. On the fragrantly scented hill of jasmine of the Roman curia, there came to fruition the plan for an “ecumenical gesture” on the Bosphorus, in the country of the Fathers of Cappadocia, who were distinguished for their courageous...

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592632
E-ISBN-10: 1576592634
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591338
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591336

Page Count: 194
Publication Year: 1997

Edition: First