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Essays Honoring Ingrid J. Peterson, O.S.F.
Ingrid Peterson, O.S.F., is distinguished in the field of franciscan studies by her work on Clare of Assisi and the women of the early franciscan movement. This book, a collection of essays on those topics by several of the best scholars in the field, is offered in tribute to Peterson and her academic and scholarly contributions to the study of Clare and the women of the early movement. Divided into four parts, part one introduces Peterson, part two takes us into the heart of studies of franciscan women, part three focuses on how Peterson came to the study of medieval history and the volume concludes with Peterson’s own summation of what she leaves for us to do in this field.
One cannot enter the medieval world of the 13th century wearing 21st century glasses. The authors writing in the volume make every effort to see what the Franciscan Schoolmen saw; to hear what they heard; to think as they thought. Thus foundational Franciscan insights and intuitions are offered for consideration in the contemporary search for meaning.
Contemporary Franciscans Theologize
Seven articles explore different aspects of the contemplative experience of contemporary Franciscan theology. The foundation for the essays is Francis’s Rule for Hermitages; the texts emerged from the desire of mature Franciscans to describe the call to pray in community and share their own intellectual journeys. Contributors include R. Duffy, OFM.; J. Mueller, OSF; J. Burkhard, OFM Conv.; and G. Ühlein, OSF.
From the time of Francis’s meeting with the Sultan, a tradition of dialogue between the Moslem and Christian traditions, as epitomized in the Franciscan movement, has endured. This volume offers a set of essays that deal with the relationship between Islam and Franciscanism as experienced in the past and as it is presently being addressed.
This small book offers, in a Latin/English editon, a contribution of John Duns Scotus to the theological discussion on Mary the Mother of God. His views had a profound influence on Marian doctrine and devotion over the centuries, culminating in Pius IX’s dogmatic proclamation of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. The questions are dealt with in Scotus’s Ordinatio and are set up in the stylized tripartite format used by medieval professional theologians in their commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard.
Itinerarium Mentis in Deum
This new translation of The Journey of the Soul into God - Itinerarium Mentis in Deum - signals a milestone in Bonaventurian scholarship in North America. Based on the famed 1956 Boehner edition, this volume presents the text with a new inclusive-language translation, authoritative notes by Boehner with a new translation of their Latin content, plus the Latin text of the critical edition interfaced with the English text.
Over time, efforts by members of his Order to live life after the manner of St. Francis resulted in a diversity which ultimately served the Order poorly. Carmody’s work recounts the struggle to unify four different Franciscan families.
Saint Margaret of Cortona is the light of the Third Order of Francis. Such is the theme of the most extensive biography of any Franciscan Tertiary in the Middle Ages. Margaret’s extraordinary career brings the historian closer to the early development of the Franciscans and the Order of Penance; it tells us much about how women saints were described, and about how civic cults of saints emerged. Another window, although a smaller one, opens to the tensions between the Franciscan Community and the Spiritual Franciscans before the split prior to Pope John XXII. Indeed it could be said that we know more about Margaret of Cortona than about any woman of thirteenth-century Italy, with the exception of Clare of Assisi and Clare of Montefalco. This edition is translated from the critical Latin edition by Fortunato Iozzelli, O.F.M. of The Life of Saint Margaret of Cortona by Fra Giunta Bevegnati. The original translation by Thomas Renna has been edited by Shannon Larson.
This first of three volumes by Professor Dalarun, each originally published in either Italian or French, represents a highly important and unique contribution to a series of viatal questions concerning the Franciscan movement in the Middle Ages. This publication will certainly generate lively discussion and a deeper understanding of the Franciscan phenomenon. In a tone that is profoundly personal and to the point, Dalarun offers to serve as a methodological guide in the renewed interest in the famous “Franciscan Question”: how best to read, interpret and relate the early biographies to the historical Francis.