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True Followers of Justice

Identity, Insertion and Itinerancy among the Early Franciscans

Margaret Carney

Publication Year: 2000

As thirteenth-century urban populations increased, the friars, entrusted by the Church with the ministry of preaching, naturally needed to go where the people were. At the same time they needed to honor their way of life, which required them to live prayerfully in fraternities, yet not settle down permanently in stable religious houses after the monastic model.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

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...


E-ISBN-13: 9781576592700
E-ISBN-10: 1576592707
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591710
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591719

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2000

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 10
Series Title: Spirit and Life - A Journal of Contemporary Franciscanism
Series Editor Byline: Carney, Margaret