Surveying the huge landscape of medieval Franciscans at prayer, this booklet deals a nuanced viewpoint on Franciscan ideals and non secular practices that underscores the intensity and breath in their mutual ardour for the divine and the realm they shared.

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80 Canticle of Creatures 12–13, FAED 1, p. 114, adjusted by the author; Scritti, pp. ” 81 Canticle of Creatures 14, FAED 1, p. 114, adjusted by the author; Scritti, p. ” prayer in the writings of francis 29 By Way of Conclusion The Writings of Francis and the early brothers do not present a theory or a systematically developed theology of prayer, but rather they assume a practice of prayer integral to their fraternal life. The brothers were convinced that prayer encompassed every aspect of their lives, and that the maxim forma vivendi forma orandi was valid and normative.

The Letters of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, trans. Bruno Scott James (London, 1953), p. 169. 7 the mysticism of motherhood 35 an example of relationship that fostered relations of trust and care among the monks. It was an outgrowth of affective piety that emphasized the feminine dimension of God’s relationship to us as one who cares for us and nurtures us, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings to guard those she loves. While the Cistercians’ focus on the motherhood of Jesus was evident in the Middle Ages, it is difficult to say exactly to what extent it influenced the use of feminine imagery in the writings of Francis.

12 Give to the Lord, you families of nations, give to the Lord glory and praise, give to the Lord the glory due His name. 66 The movement of the Christmas psalm parallels that of the Easter psalm. Following an invitation to praise God, the Most High, there is an affirmation of what God has done in sending his Son from on high to be born of Mary. Verses five and six affirm the centrality of the incarnation as the expression of God’s mercy. 67 While inspired by the Gospel accounts of 66 Office of the Passion 15, FAED 1, pp.

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