Life of St. Francis of Assisi

In every work of the artist he praised the Artist … He rejoiced in all the works of the hands of the Lord …. In beautiful things he saw beauty itself; all things were to him good …. He embraced all things with a rapture of unheard of devotion, speaking to them of the...

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Falling in Love

Franciscan Formation is about living and about being life-giving. It is about growing into becoming more fully Human, Christian and Franciscan. It is about learning all about … Falling in Love.   Somewhere each day we have to fall in love, with someone, some...

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God is Humility

You are love; You are wisdom; You are humility
. - St Francis of Assisi, The Praises of God   Humility means having a proper, balanced understanding of yourself; knowing both your strengths and weaknesses. As Saint Teresa of Avila once said, humility is truth;...

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In Nomine Domini, Those Who Do Penance

To all those who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with their whole strength, and love their neighbours as themselves, and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and...

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The Call of St James of the Marches

St James of the Marches grew up in the turbulence of early 15th Century Europe. Wars were being waged across Western Europe, and the Papal seat of authority was divided between Italy and France. In the East, Admiral Zhenghe was spreading China’s influence and...

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The Portiuncula Indulgence: a Great Gift for All

The universal Church’s celebration of the Feast of St Mary of the Angels goes back 800 years, to the original Church of St Mary of the Angels, which was also known as the Portiuncula (which means ‘little portion’, for it was built on a tiny piece of land). It has been...

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