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This guide will lead Secular Franciscans and other professed Franciscans to a better understanding of the Franciscan way of life. --Catholic Library World

About the Author

<DIV>Leonard Foley, O.F.M., was a popular retreat master and speaker on Catholic identity and Franciscan topics. He wrote the best-selling Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith (St. Anthony Messenger Press). Jovian Weigel, O.F.M., is chaplain to the Archbishop Leibold Home operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served over thirty years as spiritual assistant of the Secular Franciscan Order of the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati and nine years as executive secretary for the North American Federation of the Third Order of St. Francis in the United States and Canada. Patti Normile, S.F.O., has served as fraternity minister and formation director for the Secular Franciscan Order in Cincinnati and editor of the National Fraternity newsletter, TAU-USA. She serves on the Board of Franciscan Family Apostolate. She wrote Following Francis of Assisi: A Spirituality for Daily Living (St. Anthony Messenger Press).</div>
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  • Series: The Path of Franciscan Spirituality
  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867163968
  • ISBN-13: 978-9780867164
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderful, wonderful book...very thought-provoking.
MT
I ordered this book to expand my knowledge of St. Francis as I am in formation to become a Secular Franciscan.
Elizabeth A. Brown
This book is a great tool for beginning to live the life as christ would like us to.
Sister Sally A. Leyda S.D.S.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Ann Mary Phillips on January 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was very happy to receive this book again. I had my own copy in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. It was lost during the storm.
This is why I ordered another copy, as I am a lay member of the Franciscans. I use my book as a study guide as I learn more about the life of St.Francis and his spirituality.
Thank you very much!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig O on December 14, 2008
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I'm new to the Secular Franciscan Order and this book has been very helpful. I have been using it as a weekly guide as suggested. I look forward to my weekly visits.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Evans on August 8, 2007
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This book delivers! Easily understood and wastes no words, it gets to the point from first to last page. Will never be without it.
Br. Ross, FFR+
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Brown on September 15, 2009
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Well-written and full of great information. I ordered this book to expand my knowledge of St. Francis as I am in formation to become a Secular Franciscan. I was so impressed with this book that I brought it to a Fraternity meeting to share with others. It turns out, this is the very book that our council selected as our next study selection!
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59 of 83 people found the following review helpful By I. Gross Georg on June 1, 2003
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As a non-Catholic, I find Francis of Assisi fascinating as a man who gave up the life he knew, with all its privileges, to live with as little as possible so as to serve the people as Christ did. So I was happy to find this easy-to-read book.
The book is divided into different sections consisting of ÒreflectionsÓ, which are what normal people call ÒchaptersÓ.
The first section is called the ÒFoundationÓ which is, as the authors put it, ÒJesus Christ and no other.Ó That says it all, doesnÕt it? Each reflection, such as ÒThe Grace of ChristÓ, ÒThe Real ChristÓ, ÒJesus Visible TodayÓ, ÒMary, Our Mother and ModelÓ, explains the different roles Christ plays in the Franciscan life.
The second section covers ÒConversionÓ, the painful process we must endure if we are to throw away our old ways and adopt a new attitude. This is explored in reflections such as ÒPenance: Turning to God and Away from SinÓ, ÒThe Poverty of ChristÓ, ÒThe Poverty for the KingdomÓ (easily the hardest part of the conversion process), ÒHumility Toward OthersÓ, ÒA Life of ChastityÓ (possibly the second hardest), and ÒYouth, Hope for the FutureÓ.
The third section is a group of reflections on prayer. I found information here that hasnÕt been explained by anybody else as plainly before. You get into what is prayer, whatÕs it for, what are the ingredients? Then it goes into what I call the ÒCatholic elementsÓ of liturgy and Eucharist.
The fourth set of reflections teaches the role of those who call themselves apostles, which we can do if we follow Jesus and help others do so as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angel on June 18, 2012
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Haven't completed the book by a long shot; however, this text from early on inspires, informs, & guides exceptionally well. It's a wonderful resource for anyone involved in the initial formation of the Secular Franciscan Order. I look forward to using this book as an inspirational "aide in prayer, & as an aide to establishing a schedule in the pursuit of the Franciscan way of life ~ultimately a closer life with Jesus".
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Great Book. Especially initial formation programs should have this book. I am a Franciscan over 25 years and I also find it refreshing and renewing. I recommend this Franciscan resource.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sister Sally A. Leyda S.D.S. on November 11, 2007
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This book is a great tool for beginning to live the life as christ would like us to. The spiritual thinking on our part and the soul searching is awsome. I would recomment this book to anyone looking to enhance your life as God as intented us.
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