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The Little Flowers of St. Francis (paperback) NEW! 

THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
By Brother Ugolino


Since they were first compiled by Brother Ugolino Boniscambi (ca. 1260 - ca. 1345), these stories of St. Francis and his first followers have motivated people to become better followers of Jesus. For that reason, they have endured unlike any other early Franciscan literature. Many of the stories are known to us from other biographical sources, but in some cases, here they are expanded or made more vivid.

This unique edition is introduced, arranged in the most likely chronological order, and rendered into contemporary English by Jon M. Sweeney. As a result, today's reader is now able to read The Little Flowers as a biographical narrative of the life of St. Francis and the world-transforming movement that he founded.

Paperback, 180 pages, 5" x 7-1/2"
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The Complete Francis of Assisi (paperback)

THE COMPLETE FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Edited, Translated & Introduced
by Jon M. Sweeney


There are many editions of the writings of Francis, and biographies about him, but here in one volume are both, plus the complete text of the late medieval work The Little Flowers, which did more to establish the legend of Francis than any other work.

Includes the complete Road to Assisi, Paul Sabatier's groundbreaking biography of Francis; the complete Francis in His Own Words: The Essential Writings; and The Little Flowers, thus offering the best introduction to St. Francis yet available. Paperback, 399 pages, 6" x 9"

"It is not simply that Francis's ideals are worth recounting, but that his life was so extraordinary. He was fully human—like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear—but he was also perhaps the purest example we have seen of a person striving to do what Jesus taught his disciples."
—Jon M. Sweeney, from this book
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When Saint Francis Saved the Church (4-CD set)

WHEN SAINT FRANCIS
SAVED THE CHURCH (4-CD set)
by Jon Sweeney


Popular historian Jon Sweeney presents an intriguing portrait of Francis of Assisi beyond the familiar stories and images. In the tradition of Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, Sweeney reveals how the saint became a hinge in the history of the Christian faith and shows how in just fourteen years—from 1205 to 1219—the unconventional and stumbling wisdom of a converted troubadour changed the Church and quite literally saved the Christian faith.

Sweeney outlines Francis's revolutionary approach to friendship, "the other" (people at the margins), poverty, spirituality, care (for people, creatures, and the natural world), and death.

Read by the author; 4 CDs, approximately 4-1/2 hours
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When Saint Francis Saved the Church (hardcover)

WHEN SAINT FRANCIS
SAVED THE CHURCH
by Jon Sweeney


Popular historian Jon Sweeney presents an intriguing portrait of Francis of Assisi beyond the familiar stories and images. In the tradition of Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, Sweeney reveals how the saint became a hinge in the history of the Christian faith and shows how in just fourteen years—from 1205 to 1219—the unconventional and stumbling wisdom of a converted troubadour changed the Church and quite literally saved the Christian faith.

Sweeney outlines Francis's revolutionary approach to friendship, "the other" (people at the margins), poverty, spirituality, care (for people, creatures, and the natural world), and death. Hardcover, 175 pages, 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"
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The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton (paperback)

THE FRANCISCAN HEART OF
THOMAS MERTON


Millions of Christians and non-Christians look to Thomas Merton for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but to whom did Merton look? Franciscan friar and author Daniel Horan shows how, both before and after he became a Trappist monk, Merton's life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition.

Given recent renewed interest in St. Francis, this timely resource is both informative and practical, revealing a previously hidden side of Merton that will inspire a new generation of Christians to live richer, deeper, and more justice-minded lives of faith. Paperback, 260 pages, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
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Office of the Passion of St. Francis (paperback)

THE OFFICE OF THE PASSION
OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI


The "Office of the Passion of the Lord" is a devotional Office written by St. Francis of Assisi himself. It consists of 15 "psalms" which are composites of various verses, mostly from the Davidic psalms but also from other parts of scripture and pious sentiment.

This prayer has been used for centuries by members of the Franciscan family (including St. Clare), and is an approved substitute for the Liturgy of the Hours for members of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Newly edited and translated, with instructions for use by Laurent Gallant, OFM and Andre Cirino, OFM, with music by Josef Raischl, SFO, and illustrations by Marcus Lisle and Christine Cavalier.

342 pages, paperback
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Franciscan Morning & Evening Praise (2-volume set)

FRANCISCAN MORNING
& EVENING PRAISE
2-volume hardcover set


Newly published, this daily prayer book is compiled for Third Order Regular Franciscans, but it's also perfect for anyone who wishes to live the spirit of St. Francis every day. Easy to start and follow, daily morning and evening readings span foundational Franciscan writings as well as Clarian and Bonaventurian sources.

Each volume also contains a four week Psalter, devotions for saints and more; each is bound with 5 multi-colored ribbons.

Volume I: 770 pages; Volume II: 841 pages. Hardcover, each 6" x 9"


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Francis of Assisi: In His Own Words (paperback)

FRANCIS OF ASSISI: IN HIS OWN WORDS
The Essential Writings


Biographies take you only so far. It's impossible to truly understand St. Francis without reading his writings. This essential collection contains only those writings which most certainly came from Francis himself. Includes his First Rule, the Rule he wrote for the Third Order, letters to friends and to people in power, messages to all Franciscans, songs, praises, canticles, and his final spiritual Testament. An introduction and notes throughout add context. Paperback, 112 pages

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Blessed John Duns Scotus (paperback)

BLESSED JOHN DUNS SCOTUS:
MARIAN DOCTOR


The medieval Franciscan theologian Blessed John Duns Scotus, even before his untimely death in 1308, was renowned for his defense of the Immaculate Conception and known as Marian Doctor par excellence. This book by Fr. Stefano Manelli aims at introducing the general public with the admirable figure of this Scottish-born friar.

Scotus, as a son of St. Francis of Assisi, stresses the primacy of love in theology. All else is ordered to love, and in love everything is perfected. For God is love and who abides in love abides in God and God in him (I John 4: 16). As taught by Duns Scotus, the absolute primacy of Jesus and Mary (root and synthesis of all creation, heavenly as well as earthly) is the most perfect revelation of this divine love. Paperback, 114 pages, 5" x 7"

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Secular Franciscan Companion (paperback)

SECULAR FRANCISCAN COMPANION


Prayers and meditations for Secular Franciscans and anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality; handy pocket size for daily use.

Contains the Rule and a short history of the Secular Franciscan Order, daily prayers, the Franciscan crown rosary, prayers of and to St. Francis, devotions, litanies, novenas, a model wake service, a calendar of Franciscan saints and much more! A classic, compiled and edited by Marion A. Habig, OFM. Paperback, 4" x 6", 292 pages
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A Franciscan Christmas (paperback)

A FRANCISCAN CHRISTMAS


The true meaning of Christmas isn't found in the glitter and gifts. It's not on the tree or tucked under it. It won't be served with the cookies and eggnog. But it can be found in a place of honor in most Christian homes: the Christmas manager scene.

Francis of Assisi first recreated the scene of the Nativity nearly 800 years ago, and it has endured as a favorite holiday tradition. Each piece of the Nativity has its own story and meaning in Franciscan history and Christian spirituality. Take a closer look at the crèche and learn why Christmas is central to Franciscan spirituality and how you can find a deeper meaning in the simplest of seasonal decorations. By Kathleen M. Carroll, managing editor of books at St. Anthony Messenger Press, with a foreword by Jack Wintz, O.F.M., author of Will I See My Dog in Heaven? Paperback, 144 pages.
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The Daily Office SSF (hardcover) BESTSELLER

Imported from England
THE DAILY OFFICE SSF
New Revised Edition


The Society of Saint Francis (SSF) is a fervent advocate of daily prayer among lay people, priests and religious people. To members of religious orders, these daily "offices" form the structure of the day. This newly revised SSF Daily Office includes a Calendar; Morning, Midday, Evening and Night Prayer; Psalter; Canticles; Commons of Saints: Prayers for Various and Special Occasions and other Liturgies. Also includes additional Franciscan material. Hardcover, 827 pages.
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Lent & Easter with Sts. Francis & Clare (paperback)

LENT & EASTER
Wisdom from St. Francis
and St. Clare of Assisi


In this book of prayers, letters, poetry, rules of life, and testaments, Francis and Clare express their vision of the Gospel life. Included are numerous themes extremely appropriate for the Lenten and Easter seasons: penance, conversion, self-sacrifice, service, embracing the cross, the humility and charity of Christ, joy, new life, and mission. Through these daily meditations, Scriptural readings, and spiritual exercises, we follow two of the most influential figures in Church history.
Each selected writing is followed by a brief scripture passage, a fitting prayer, and a suggested action-making this book an ideal companion for daily use. The words and example of these two great saints will inspire readers faithfully to follow Christ to the cross so that, together with them, they might experience the joy and new life of Easter. Paperback, 118 pages
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Advent & Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis (paperback)

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WISDOM
FROM ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI


Each day's selection offers a new insight from one of the most beloved saints, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis serves as an appropriate model of virtue during the time of year when it is easy to become caught up in the materialized aspects of the holiday. Through his words, we are reminded of the simplicity in poverty, reverence for God's word, of showing gratitude and practicing forgiveness. Along with the words of St. Francis are daily Scripture readings and prayers that mirror his philosophy. After reflecting, readers will find an Advent action -- something simple they can do to keep the words and prayers alive with them throughout the day. Christians looking for a way to energize their holiday practices will cherish this guide to refocusing on the true "reason for the season," the birth of Christ. Paperback, 110 pages
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Following Francis (paperback)

FOLLOWING FRANCIS
The Franciscan Way for Everyone


Nearly 800 years ago, Francis of Assisi gave up his possessions to follow Christ completely. Today, this simple saint's story continues to attract people from all walks of life. In fact, the Third Order, founded by Francis himself, was created for those desiring religious life, but remaining in the secular world. Organized around the rule of St. Francis, author and Third Order member Susan Pitchford reveals her faith journey while explaining the basic principles of the Rule of St. Francis. Excellent for private devotion or group study. Paperback, 189 pages.

"Breadth and depth and humor and even practicality. You will not be bored or disappointed!" -- Richard Rohr, OFM

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The Francis Trilogy (paperback)

THE FRANCIS TRILOGY

  • The Life of St. Francis
  • The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul
  • The Treatise on the Miracles of St. Francis

  • Just two years after his mentor's death, Thomas of Celano composed THE LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS, a portrait of the newly canonized saint. Later in life, he completed THE REMEMBRANCE, which conveys the wonder and uniqueness of the saint's life and vision with poetic power. Last came THE TREATISE, a comprehensive, orderly view of extraordinary events in Francis's life. Now, these three classic works appear for the first time in one volume.

    "Thomas of Celano's early literary portraits of Francis bring us into intimate contact with the Poor Man of Assisi … Every lover of Francis will treasure this volume." -- Lawrence S. Cunningham.

    Paperback, 392 pages
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