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Franciscan Prayer Paperback – October 6, 2004
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"This is a book on Franciscan prayer written by a theologian who strives to define more clearly the path of Franciscan prayer and as one who seeks God in a complex world. It is my belief that an understanding of prayer in the Franciscan tradition, that is the spirituality of prayer, can offer new vitality to Christian life today because it is a path of relationship with God that strives to live in the fullness of the Incarnation."
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The chapter titles are: Divine-Human Relationship, Desire, Prayer and the Spiritual Journey, Learning to Gaze - Poverty and Prayer, Friendship with Christ, The Heart Turned Toward God, Contemplation - Seeing and Loving, Imitation - Becoming What We Love and The Way to Peace.
Sister Delio explains Clare's method of contemplative prayer: gaze, consider, contemplate and imitate. "Imitation of Christ is the fruit of prayer - not the literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved through transformation." She draws the comparison to a mother's love that like Mary gives birth to Christ.
Franciscan prayer is about gospel living. We don't have to leave the world to find God; rather one finds God in the details of the world. "We are not simply to pray - we are to become prayer - living flames of love that ignite the world." To share in the love of the Word made flesh is relational and bring us out into the world to embrace not only our brothers and sisters, but also our enemy so that we may share in the joy of the triune God.