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Poverty and Prosperity:

Franciscans and the Use of Money

Editor: Daria Mitchell, O.S.F.

Publication Year: 2009

As the papers in this volume demonstrate, Franciscan poverty has and continues to develop and to elicit new forms in the life of the Church. This 2009 Symposium has raised many important questions and possibilities as to how Franciscans can and should use money that will be valuable for the Franciscan family to consider. Even so, the issues relating to prosperity still need further consideration. When one studies the history of the divisions of the Franciscan communities, it seems that they arise out of prosperity rather than poverty. How Franciscans respond to prosperity seems to play a significant role in how Franciscans respond to each other.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v


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pp. vi

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pp. vii-ix

When the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition of the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (CFIT/ESC-OFM) met to decide the topic for the 2009 Franciscan Symposium...

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Chapter 1: The Cry of the Poor: Are We Listening?

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pp. 1-12

“The cry of the poor: are we listening?” Without a doubt the greatest gift of my work for Maryknoll has been to accompany impoverished people and their communities. I am sure many of you have received...

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Chapter 2: The Early Franciscans and the Use of Money

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pp. 13-37

In the 1935 film classic, Mutiny on the Bounty, there is a humorous scene early on in the film where, shortly after arriving on the island of Tahiti, the midshipman Roger Byam goes ashore to scout...

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Chapter 3: Sharing the Wealth of Poverty: Franciscan Friars at the End of the Middle Ages

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pp. 39-64

Every religious community has a “golden age,” a period of time in which the community has its initial experience of inspiration, new life, and the essential unity based on its values and practices...

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Chapter 4: Poverty: A Cause for Unity or Division?

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pp. 65-80

I’ll begin by speaking as a historian who has done some work on the spiritual Franciscans and wants to put it to use. The spirituals, incidentally, were a faction – more precisely, a series of factions...

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Chapter 5: Is It Possible to Live Franciscan Poverty Today?

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pp. 81-99

In our practical lives, we ask questions in order to find answers. In our spiritual lives, we ask questions in order to enter more deeply into mystery, setting ourselves on a path that often leads to new questions...

About the Authors

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pp. 101-102

E-ISBN-13: 9781576593349
E-ISBN-10: 1576593347
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591581
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591581

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 9