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Lesson Three – AFF


Lesson Three Franciscan Spirituality.  Class preparation for Lesson Three:  Click on Franciscan Spirituality from the menu found at the top of each page.  In addition, click on the five subpages (Crib, Cross, Cup, Creation, and Lady Poverty).

Also, click on Two Early Franciscan Theologians, especially the section on St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274) who was the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor.  He wrote some very important works, especially important readings for Franciscans,  including The life of Saint Francis, The Soul’s Journey to God and The Tree of Life .  He added greatly to our understanding of Franciscan spirituality.

Document which may be printed, containing summary of Franciscan Spirituality .  Click link.


Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey Into God / The Tree of Life / The Life of St. Francis (The Classics of Western Spirituality), translation by Ewert Cousins.

The Journey Into God, A Forty-Day Retreat with Bonaventure, Francis and Clare by Josef Raischil, SFO, and Andre Cirino, OFM.

Simply Bonaventure, An Introduction to His Life, Thought, and Writings by Ilia Delio, OSF.

Crucified Love, Bonaventure’s Mysticism of the Crucified Christ by Ilia Delio, OSF.

Franciscan Prayer by Ilia Delio, OSF

The Humility of God, A Franciscan Perspective by Ilia Delio, OSF

Poverty and Joy, The Franciscan Tradition by William J. Short, OFM

The Strategy That Saved Assisi bu Francesco Santucci (Read this book for the true story of World War II in Assisi which the movie Assisi Underground does not provide.)

Audio Series from Now You Know Media http://www.NowYouKnowMedia.com

The Treasure of a Poor Man, St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality by Br. William (Bill) Short, OFM

Enkindling Love:  The Spiritual Journey of St. Francis According to Bonaventure by Br. Edward Coughlin, OFM, Ph.D.

Saint Bonaventure:  The Soul’s Journey into God by Br. William Short, OFM, STL, STD.

The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Br. William Short, OFM, STL, STD.



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