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What is Our Responsibility?
Creation is a vast and awesome mystery. From the furthest horizons of an ever-expanding universe to the organization of a single cell, every level of nature manifests intricate beauty. For Francis of Assisi, as for Bonaventure, created reality reveals God's overflowing goodness reflected in the order, beauty, and harmony of nature. In this third volume of Washington Theological Union papers sponsored by the Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT), we hope to catalyze further discussion and exploration of creation as the sacrament of God. The insights of our Franciscan heritage have much to offer our planet, which is today in a perilous situation. Wee believe that this rich theological tradition can provide a framework for incorporating environmental sensitivity into contemporary religious practice.
What is the Future?
In 1999, the Franciscan Center of the Washington Theological Union gathered experts to discuss the role of contemporary Franciscans in the ministry of healthcare. The talks were designed with a view both to spirituality and to maintaining Franciscan identity. At a time when Franciscan institutions are facing critical decisions, it is important to remember the tradition that brought them to where they are, the values that make them what they are, and the spirituality that identifies who they are. The contributions made here are a step in this direction.
Let Us Praise, Adore, and Give Thanks
About two years before he died, Francis of Assisi composed his Canticle of the Creatures. Although he was very ill, blind, and near death, this light-filled hymn emerged from his inner depths as a song of praise and glory resounding throughout the whole creation. The Canticle, in a sense, recapitulated the life of Francis, a life of prayer, praise and adoration to the living God of overflowing love. His fidelity to the Liturgy of the Hours, his sacramental view of creation and his Christ-centeredness, all reflected in the Canticle, remind us that Francis's life was, at its core, a liturgical life.
Assuming that the lives of Francis and his early followers remain a credible model for engaging in a process of urban evangelization, this text explores some salient features of the Franciscan story and considers contemporary challenges to life and ministry in the city. Contributors include Dominic Monti, O.F.M., Patricia Keefe, OSF, Joseph Chinnici, OFM, and James Wallace, CSR.
Franciscans and the Church Today
Over the centuries in word and deed, Franciscan scholars and practitioners have demonstrated a clear and faithful understanding of what it means to live as followers of Christ in a defined ecclesia. Francis of Assisi was eminently clear about his attitude toward the Church, understood both as community and institution.
150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University
Based on an original text by Edward Eckert with editing and additional content from St. Bonaventure alumni Robert, Ann and Daniel McCarthy. This engaging, narrative text coupled with iconic and inspiring photos from the St. Bonaventure University archives provides this compelling written and visual history of St. Bonaventure. THE GOOD JOURNEY is being published in hardcover with dust jacket. It is landscape designed and totals 160 pages with more than 250 photographs.
St. Francis of Assisi Yesterday and Today
Presented in three parts, this book offers an understanding of the life of Francis and the roots of the Franciscan movement, a concise and insightful overview of the evolution of the Franciscan movement in the three Orders, and a reflection on the challenges of contemporary Franciscan life.
Franciscan Strategies for Building a More Just World
Greed, Lust and Power: Franciscan Strategies for Building a More Just World contains the proceedings of the annual Franciscan Symposium held at the Washington Theological Union in May 2010. This year’s topic engaged participants with speakers – Joseph Nangle, Michael Crosby, Darleen Pryds and Vincent Cushing – whose descriptions of the world in which we live and proposals as to how we may confront this world from the heart of a tradition whose members walk in the footprints of the One who came not to “condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
Mutuality and Moral Living According to John Duns Scotus
In The Harmony of Goodness, Ingham presents the ethical vision of John Duns Scotus (1265-1308) in an integrated manner, bringing together aspects of virtue, moral reasoning, free choice, rational judgment, and spirituality as parts of a whole human life. This work examines the ethical thought of Scotus according to his notion of mutuality or relationship. This study brings to light Scotus’ integrated vision of human moral living.
Mutuality and Moral Living According to John Duns Scotus
Since the first publication of John Duns Scotus: The Harmony of Goodness in 1996, much work has appeared in print on Scotus’s theological and philosophical vision including the gradual completion of the Vatican edition of Scotus’s Ordinatio. Various congresses and international gatherings continue to highlight the important significance of this great medieval thinker for the new millennium. Drawing upon the work of several significant scholars combined with her own deepened conviction that understanding Scotus’s moral philosophy and theology must be understood within the broader context of Franciscan spirituality including the role of Stoic and monastic influences on the medieval Franciscans, , Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J., offers this new edition of John Duns Scotus: The Harmony of Goodness. Scotus’s articulation of a moral vision to lived harmony and to moral living as a path of beauty is offered anew by Ingham in this new edition.