Franciscan Spirituality #18: Sources, Part 8 – Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Terrance
Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN on Mar 29, 2023, on how the historical times and places that St Francis lived formed his spirituality.
This is a continuation of his series of homilies on Franciscan Spirituality - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNN151zTIO4&list=PLejh_e0-LN4xgMllKrzSasL2Hljd5BHom
Lifetime 1181-1226 AD
High middle ages between the dark ages and the renaissance
Monasticism and feudalism declining
The number of servants was decreasing, freedom was increasing, growing cities, production and money were increasing, and the Italian language was taking shape at this time.
Monasteries were less frequented and Latin was becoming less known.
Many clerics were not very devout.
Maria Sticco, The peace of St. Francis, Biography of St Francis https://www.amazon.com/peace-St-Francis-Maria-Sticco/dp/B0006AXP5Q
Cross was everywhere on things but not on hearts
Religion was still very prominent
All sciences were considered in service to theology
Later triumph of nature over grace in the renaissance, enlightenment,
St Francis did not want to be detached from society as the monks and hermits but sent his friars out among the people.
Reevaluation of man in the light of him being made in the image of God, which is quite positive
He saw nature in a positive light as created by God, which was radical for his day.
Son of a wealthy merchant became rich in good deeds, and he imitated and purified the ideals of navigators, explorers, knights, all the secular heroes of the day, but in service of God
Called his friars "minors" that to be the greatest, we must be the least.
made what was ordinary to extraordinary, holy
Full of supernatural charity
Devotion to the humanity of Christ, incarnation
Later Franciscans developed his ideas, Bonaventure and Scotus.
Harmony between action and contemplation
Playlist for this series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNN151zTIO4&list=PLejh_e0-LN4xgMllKrzSasL2Hljd5BHom
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Lent - Wkdy
Readings: - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032923.cfm
1st: dan 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Resp: dan 3:52-56
Gsp: joh 8:31-42
More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1680
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