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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

GREAT New Franciscan Blog!!

This morning I discovered the new blog of Br. William Short, OFM, Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. I am writing to pass this great news along to all of you. Click here to go to his blog. It also may be found in the list of websites on this blog.

Most of us know Br. Bill as the co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers: Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has also written other books on the history of the Franciscan movement (The Franciscans) and on its spirituality (Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition). For more information about him, click here.

To give you a taste of the great Franciscan teachings available on his blog, I have copied below his post of January 26, 2008.

St. Francis and Lepers
by William Short, OFM

"Francis marks the beginning of his new life with the sign of meeting the leper. Those suffering from leprosy in the thirteenth century lived a radical poverty. They were “dead,” with funeral services celebrated over their still living bodies. Their property was confiscated; their family ties, friendship and social relations were broken. They lived by the gifts of others.

"The Lord led me among them”—Francis attributes this leading to the Lord. “What was bitter to me became sweet.” Francis finds among the lepers a quality, “sweetness,” which he usually attributes to God’s presence.

"And he wishes to stay among them, to be with “persons looked down upon, among the poor, the weak, the sick and the lepers, and those begging on the side of the road.” Among these, the persons looked down upon, Francis wishes to live. They are like Jesus “who was poor, and a guest, and lived by begging, himself and holy Mary the blessed virgin, his mother.”

"In the poor, Francis sees the image of Christ, the Image of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is poor in his birth, poor in his life, and poor in his death. And he wants to be in the world as one “looked down upon, needy and poor.”

"Francis embraces the leper, and with that gesture embraces the “holy Lady Poverty,” and her sister, “holy humility.” He does this out of a profound intuition that, through giving away everything, he will share in a truly divine activity; he will be accepting his true identity as made in the image of the poor God. “God created and formed you to the image of his beloved Son according to the body,” Francis said, “all spiritual and bodily things and ourselves were made to your image and likeness.”

"With his discovery of God’s poverty, Francis knows his own identity as made in God’s image, and recognizes his connection with all creatures—like him, they are images."



Tausign said...

Thank you Little Scribe for the link to this site. This looks like something of real substance. I'm gonna have to spend some time there and start delving into his topics.

Little Scribe said...

The blog appears to be new so we will be able to enjoy the posts as they happen. I am so excited to find this blog. Thanks for writing.

Anonymous said...

Love the blog! I've added it to my collection of favorites!

Little Scribe said...

Thank you very much. I'm glad you like my blog. I don't post every day but try to post often. If you are a Franciscan, you might also like to visit the website of my fraternity:

Fra Chris said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog!

Pax Et Bonum!

Little Scribe said...

Thank you for writing and for your comment. I immediately recognized your name as I have subscribed to your Portiuncula: the Little Portion posts, receiving them into my Outlook inbox and into your folder. I refer to your posts often and appreciate your graphics and images.

pvfranciscanos said...

God bless the franciscans in the US. I am a franciscan frier in Brazil. I pray for you! God bless you now and forever.
Frei Alvaci

Little Scribe said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I don't post daily but try to post often.