ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISIEXHORTATIONS AND ADMONITIONS... A study compilation by Fr. John Sullivan, OFMON GOING FORMATION ... PROGRAM-ECONOMY PACKOn going formation for Secular Franciscans and all interested in St. Francis, 28 of his Admonitions. "Each of these 28 admonitions reveal that Francis had a deep understanding of human nature and its workings within our lives of faith. Hence they become valuable and insightful tools for checking our own secular spiritual lives and behavior." Each admonition is followed with a set of questions to ponder or to help in opening a dialog in a ongoing formation setting.Economy pack - five books, without binders, 20 pages three hole punched. (Order SUL#4 Price $9.95)
FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITYFr. John Sullivan, OFMEach ECONOMY PACK contains five books of FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY. Keeping our Focus on Francis - 24 lessons, 4 segments of 6 lessons. Ideally suited for ongoing formation classes as well as for personal use. Each book has 76 pages printed on both sides, 8-1/2 by 11. Three hole punched without binder. Inexpensive binders available at stores in your area.You may download similar contents free at www.thefriars.org. (Order SUL#1B Price $19.75)
ECONO PACK - REVIEWING THE SFO RULE - (Our Most Holy Way of Life)Fr. John Sullivan, OFM Five books in a pack. Each with 23 lessons, article by article, with associated questions for sharing. Ideally suited for refresher courses, "formation supplement" and ongoing formation classes as well as for just plain personal use. Each book has 12 pages printed on both sides, 8-1/2 by 11. Ideal for rough use - underling and margin notes. Three hole punched without binder. Inexpensive binders available at stores in your area. . (Order SUL#3B - Price $9.95)
ON GOING FORMATION
FRATERNITY ~ AND/OR ~ PERSONAL
CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS & CLARE
By Fr. Lester Bach, O.F.M. Cap.
FROM THE POSTSCRIPT - In Conclusion: CAPTURING THE SPIRIT of Francis & Clare initiates a dialogue (sacred exchange) about our Franciscan life. It is a part of a continuing process. Putting ideas into practice is where "the rubber hits the road." as someone has said. If secular Franciscans practice what they explore in these pages, we will produce a harvest of faithful Franciscans who bring a special gift to people in the Church and beyond." An ongoing formation book for all Franciscans. 5½ x 8½ inches, 146 pages, plastic coil binding. Published by the National Fraternity, printed by Barbo Carlson.
(Order #304 Price $15.00)
LEADERS GUIDE FOR CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS AND CLARE
By, Lee Ann Niebuhr, SFO, Don Ryder, SFO, Mary Fedor, SFO
Time and talk study guide. 88 pages, plastic coil binding. Published by the National Fraternity, printed by Barbo Carlson. (Order #306 Price $14.00)
TO SET THEMSELVES FREEA continuous Guide to the Life and Rule of the Secular Franciscans...by Teresa Baker, SFO
To Set Themselves Free, by Teresa Baker, SFO, is a book that fills in many gaps of formation. "Allows Secular Franciscans [and others] to look at the past, encourage a truthful encounter with the present, and explore the dialogue between the two which leads to a positive change in themselves and our society. Francis' original intent and design was not much different. He took a long, hard look at his present, examined what Christ had called for in the past, and set out to make changes in himself accordingly. These changes led to changes within the entire society in which he lived." ...the text offers ways to engage in a solid formation to Franciscan life. ...I would especially encourage all formators, whether for initial or ongoing formation, to read the "Guide for Formation Directors" at the beginning of this book.To Set Themselves Free is another fine resource for deepening our understanding of the Secular Franciscan way of life. - Lester Bach, O.F.M. Cap. 260 pages, 8 1/2 by 11, paper back, spiral bound. A NAFRA Publication. ( Order 633-7 Price $27.00)
CRUCIFIED LOVEA FRANCISCAN PERSPECTIVEBonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ...by Ilia Delio, O.S.F.STUDIES IN FRANCISCANISM. Highly recommended. "The author studies various aspects of Bonaventure's mystical world view, leading to an understanding of the relevance to contemporary issues such as individualism and relatedness, peace and violence, and the problems of the created world's relationship to the person who seeks to love God in all and above all." - from the forward of the book "An act of love is why Jesus came, not a response due to sin." -from a review by Kevin, SFO - ." From the Introduction: "Francis was a true lover of Christ, according to Bonaventure, because he was perfectly conformed to the Crucified Christ both in spirit ad in flesh. The stigmatized Francis signifies to Bonaventure that if one desires happiness and peace, one must contemplate God and strive for mystical union through conformity to Christ Crucified, the Word of God. ... Since Christ is the true image in whom we are created, he is our model of what it means to be authentically human." Paper, 268 pages, Franciscan Press. (Order FP90988 Price $15.95 )
CLARE OF ASSISI-THE LETTERS TO AGNES By Sr. Joan Mueller, OSF.
"In a time of growing disparity between rich and poor, Joan Mueller, O.S.F., has written an engaging and compelling account of the importance of poverty in the lives of early Franciscan women Clare of Assisi and Agnes of Prague." ...Elizabeth Dreyer - Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University This book was specifically written for ease of use by formation groups, discussion groups, spirituality classes and personal use - with reflections and sharing questions for personal integration and group discussion. It is also a very powerful yet easy to read book for individuals. Highly recommended. Paperback, 114 pages. Published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota. (Order 168-2 Price $18.95 )
COMPASSIONLIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCISby Ilia Delio, OSFExcellent for personal or Fraternity use - each chapter ends with Meditation and Reflections. An ideal gift item - for planting the first seeds of true Franciscan Joy. From the introduction; "The key to Francis' transformation into love, his secret of making wholes out of the scattered fragments of life, was compassion. He learned compassion as the art of healing broken hearts by collecting the tears of the forgotten, the frightened, and the lonely in his hands and holding the wounded as his kin. Francis entered the world of the stranger and made the stranger into a brother. He learned to love what was weak and fragile, and he learned to care for what the world discarded." WITH THIS BOOK AS YOUR GUIDE, YOU CAN DO SIMPLE THINGS EVERY DAY TO DISCOVER A MORE COMPASSIONATE, OPEN, FEARLESS, AND LOVING LIFE - JUST AS FRANCIS DID.Published by St. Anthony Messenger, paperback, 142 pages (Order B36162 Price $14.99)
PICK MORE DAISIESFr. Lester Bach, O.F.M., Cap"Readers will find many insightful helps for daily living, which are intended to navigate one over and around many of the pitfalls, which have harmed and misled other Franciscans. This is a book for everyone in the local fraternity and a must have for the newly professed. It is a book for Ongoing Formation, which is easy to read and even easier to digest." (Francis Wicks, SFO - TAU-USA) (Order 007-283-025 Price $14.75)