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Franciscan Evangelization:

Striving to Preach the Gospel

Editor: Elise Saggau, O.S.F.

Publication Year: 2008

The scholarly authors of the essays in this volume probe important facets of preaching and its history in the Franciscan tradition, as well as its import for the larger Church. Insightful and critical, they trace pathways into the future. From their historical perspective, we appreciate, perhaps for the first time, what a creative impulse to preaching Franciscan men and women brought to the service of the Gospel. We see how ordinary Christian people experienced the impulse to unfold the work of God in Christian life. We see, too, the intrinsic ambivalence of the Franciscan tradition in working out its relationship to the role of clerical preaching tin the hierarchical Church. We are invited to enjoy the feast prepared by scholarship and creative, critical thought.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

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Table of Contents

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pp. 7-8

To be human is to search for meaning. Each of us, by nature, always asks “what does this mean?” So, whether we love, work, or create, we search for meaning. We want to know not only what is true,...

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1. Gospel Preaching and Gospel Life: Similarities and Differences

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pp. 9-32

What do we mean by preaching the Gospel? How did the men and women of the early Franciscan movement relate this activity to their desire to “live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel”?1 What are...

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2. Clerics, Laity and Preaching the Gospel Among The Early Franciscans

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pp. 33-54

The clericalization of the Franciscan Order and its impact on the restriction of preaching to educated and ordained friars is generally presented as a sad story, but there is much more to the story that has been overlooked because of our preoccupation with official or doctrinal...

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3. Preaching Women: The Tradition of Mendicant Women

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pp. 55-78

When I was five years old, my mother would tell me to chew with my mouth closed. When I was eight, she told me to eat brussels sprouts. And by the time I was thirteen and already 5’11”, she told me to stand...

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4. The Impact of Clericalization on Franciscan Evangelization

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pp. 79-122

Three decades ago a friar narrated to me one of the key events of his life, the turning point in his practice of Franciscan ministry in the Church and the world...

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pp. 123-124

E-ISBN-13: 9781576593325
E-ISBN-10: 1576593320
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591482
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591484

Page Count: 124
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 7