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Less about the Saint, and more about the Faith.
on September 3, 2015
Chesterton's description of St Francis is intended by his own admission as only an introduction to the life of this surprising catholic. It is not a definitive biography. It is a beautiful celebratory description of the impact of Francis on the Church and the revelations about the tolerance and depth of orthodox Catholic belief revealing itself in the actual event of St Francis. Chesterton does not speak so much of Francis and he speaks of what he meant in the context of a humane and living Church emerging from the Middle ages. He does not quote what Francis says, but of what Francis would mean to a modern Christian. This book is more about the depth of Christian belief than the life of the Saint and because of the soulfulness of Chesterton's prose makes much of what is said about St Francis seem superficial. Reading another biography of St Francis first may be helpful in more fully understanding this book.