Finding Inspiration in the Writings of St. Francis


Part A) His letters for specific situations – needs one of the resource texts



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Part A) His letters for specific situations – needs one of the resource texts


Part B) Prayers and devotions – texts supplied

Part C) Texts of spiritual and ascetic exhortation – texts supplied

Part D) Texts defining ways of life (Rules) – needs one of the resource texts
The translated texts for studying His prayers (Part B) and for his Admonitions (Part C) are supplied with the reflection set of questions. The Rule for Hermitages has also been supplied in Part D. These texts are translations by Fr. John Sullivan,ofm - 2004
For other sources for studying the writings of St. Francis you can consult:

a) St. Francis, Omnibus of Sources, (1983) 1900pp. Franciscan Press, Quincy,IL 62301

217-228-5670….. approx. $40
b) Study Text, Writings of St. Francis, 175 pp. Franciscan Press, Quincy,IL 62301

217-228-5670…. (first 175 pages of same Omnibus, above, with all of Francis’ writings). approx. $????


c) St. Francis, the Saint, Vol.1 (635pp.) New City Press, Hyde Park, New York, 12538…approx.$30
d) Francis and Clare, the Complete Writings, 256pp – (1982), Paulist Press – approx. $20
For further understanding of the search itself for Francis’ writings (all hand-written copies or hand-written originals) down through the centuries, you can read some interesting details in the St. Francis of Assisi, Omnibus of Sources (1983), pp. 5-22 and in Francis of Assisi, the Saint – Early Documents (Vol.1), pp.11-39.

For convenience of printing here, we will identify references to these two books by “Omn.” for the former, and “FA1” for the latter book. And the Francis and Clare, Complete Writings is reference-coded by “FC”.


Keep in mind the way St. Francis writes. An important general observation begins to surface that he does not make use of theological terminology. Instead, Francis presents his ideas and convictions with simple, straight-forward, descriptive vocabulary and imagery. He writes with conviction, with concern, with compassion, and often with great exuberance.
If we are to gain much from these exercises, we need to approach them in the same pattern we use in reading the Sacred Scriptures, namely: asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to become “the listener” as we read.
It is essential also to remember that we are not approaching these texts as academic exercises or as history research, but primarily our focus is on “finding inspiration” in the writings of St. Francis. (see SFO General Constitutions, #12)
Let’s start.



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