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The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi Paperback – March 24, 1998
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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.
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).Read more ›
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 ...Read more ›
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My son's chosen St. was St. Francis for conformation. His sister was his sponsor and gave him this book for his conformation gift. He was very happy and appreciated it. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Shaun B.
I always enjoy the stories about St. Francis. It just amazes me that he could live in such poverty and embrace as he did. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Mary L. Duval
The book came right on schedule and in better shape than I imagined. I can't wait to get to reading this spiritual classic!Published on July 19, 2012 by luke
The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi was NOT written by St Francis but about St Francis. The book was written supposedly by Brother Ugolino. Think about it. Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Sattamander
I feel inspired by the depth of spiritual experience of St. Francis and his friars. Whenever I pick up this book and begin reading I feel transported into a realm where God's love... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Julia Biagiarelli
This is a wonderful book but this particular edition is printed in such small type that I can barely read it. Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by William Davis
Even though I am an industrial-strength animal-lover who has been running a sanctuary for unwanted (ugly, old, unhealthy) cats for over 10 years, this is a tough book to review. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by IAN BRUCE-DOUGLAS