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St. Francis of Assisi--the saint who preached to birds and wolves, the saint whose vow of poverty changed Christian ethics forever, the saint who repented of his fleshly sins by loving the material world--was also a pretty great writer. His Little Flowers, a series of 53 short chapters ranging in form from wild stories to serene meditations, is perfect bedtime or devotional reading. Before you know it, you'll be reading this one aloud to your cat. And Francis will be very pleased to hear it. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Spiritual Classic; Reprint edition (March 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037570020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375700200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Living in an age of weights, measures, logic and reason, a pragmatist may see little reason in reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. However, recent terrorist attacks draws me and--most likely-many of us away from the methodical.
Vintage Spiritual Classics provides us with a preface and introduction of Francis Bernardone, showing us why he needed to become so close to God. They, the preface and introduction, explain this need on a level we may all understand. St. Francis wanted ecstasy and a life not burdened with want, greed, lust and avarice.
Each snippet throughout the body of the book provides a theme, an adventure and a moral that will pull the reader from this world to St. Francis's. Teaching us temperance, piety, and selfless rewards for good deeds and prayer.
I am hopeful that this book and others provided by Vintage will help provide solace and peace to those affected by the recent, tragic events.
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St. Francis has to be the greatest saint who ever lived. This book is so inspiring, that I can't describe it. It tells of St. Francis in his youth and how he spent time in prison and became disillusioned with the world. He then gave up the world and followed God. The book tells of the many adventures of St. Francis and his monks. Some are serious, but some are very funny. Anyone, who is thinking about what life is all about and how one man had the courage to follow God and not the world, should read this book.
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By A Customer on February 26, 1999
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One doesn't have to be Catholic to enjoy these amusing tales about the life of St. Francis, collected by a slightly later church writer. It's no wonder this gentle soul is among the most beloved figures in Christianity.
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Few works have made as strong an impact on my spiritual life as this book. A wonderful compilation of faith building and humbling stories from the life and times of St. Francis of Assisi and his first followers.
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One could easily fill a bookshelf with the number of volumes that have been written about the "Little Poor Man of Assisi" over the past seven hundred years, but none has been more widely read or more influential than the Fioretti, better known to English readers as The Little Flowers of St. Francis. This spiritual classic was not written by Francis himself, but by Brother Ugolino, an Italian Franciscan who lived a full century after the death of St. Francis in 1226. It is not so much a biography, but a collection of stories and sayings passed on by the first and second generations of Francis' early followers, in a manner similar to The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. As such, the author is not concerned so much with providing an historical record of the birth of Franciscan spirituality, but with painting a personal profile of this fascinating friar and the most formative experiences that helped to shape the lives of those who followed in his footsteps. This may help to explain why much of the material found in The Little Flowers has become "legendary," and it is left to the reader to decide how many of the events described are fact and how many are fiction.

But it is not the spectacular and/or legendary aspects of St. Francis' life that grab the headlines in this spiritual classic. It is the genuinely humble, Christ-like character of this "little poor man" that stands out most of all. More than anything, and more than most, Francis loved Jesus. So much so, according to those who knew him best, that he was given a special mark of his intimate identification with Christ - the "stigmata" (five wounds of Christ on the cross).
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Certainly I Fioretti Di San Francesco are well known and well beloved to all cradle Catholics of over a half century like myself. Why then get another copy?

My eyes are old, and yet I still like to sit out in the desert garden here well after sunset and read. Even in the powerful desert sun of mid-day I have to remove my sunglasses and strain at normal type.

Thank God for this book, which restores these beloved and familiar fables to my sight.

We have much to learn here of course. This large print edition begins with the possibly apocryphal but ever welcome Prayer Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace: Br. Norbert Sings Communion Songs From St. Joseph's Abbey, and too swiftly passes to the several little flowers. Too swiftly I say because there is no Table of Contents to assist scholars, saints and us sinners searching for a particular tale. And so I must mark with a Post-it Flower-Shaped Pop-Up Notes, 3 x 3 Inches, 5 Colors, 75 Sheets per Pad (4 Pads per Pack) (R333-FLW) the wolf of Gubbio, for instance, of special interest, or the tale of the Turtle-doves, or of the several members of the early community.

I only wish, coming from the Benedicitne tradition, that
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