St. Francis of Assisi

The Challenge of the San Damiano Cross

At San Damiano, the Crucified Christ challenged Saint Francis to “go rebuild My house.” That task meant Francis had to transform himself first.

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Thank God for Dirt

After spending all day gardening with my kids, I realized something: Dirt is delightful.

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Statue of St. Francis of Assisi

The Franciscan Connection to the Stations of the Cross 

Praying the Way of the Cross is a familiar Lenten practice for many, but a closer look at this popular tradition reveals surprising connections to Franciscan spirituality. 

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Solitude, then Conversion

Reflect According to St. Bonaventure, once, after St. Francis happened upon a leper, and a sense of revulsion turned to compassion, he felt light and peaceful. Francis then longed for solitude—opportunities to be alone with God. After some time of …

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Be Joyful

Reflect With everything going on in our communities and in the greater world, it’s hard to be happy. But St. Francis of Assisi showed us that joy should not only be sought—it should be cherished boldly. Pray God of joy,your …

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Statue of St. Francis | Photo by Ryan Klaus

St. Francis: Preacher, Poet

The spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi is not so much about the heroic deed as it is about the heroic love with which even the smallest deed is done. That is very clear from the quintessential story of Perfect Joy. 

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