FS #59: Man in Franciscan Spirituality, Part 5 – Jan 02 – Homily – Fr Terrance

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Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Jan 02, 2024, on Franciscan spirituality, focusing on aligning our will with God's according to the teachings of Saint Bonaventure and finding true fulfillment in the Incarnation and Redemption of Christ. This continues his series and the subsection, "Man in Franciscan Spirituality," humanity's role in God's plan.

Franciscan spirituality emphasizes the power of our will and its orientation towards God. This is based on Saint Bonaventure's theory of intellectual and moral illumination, which guides the mind and will towards God, the supreme good. Father explains that our will, though weakened by sin, inherently seeks the infinite, culminating in the perfect gift of God to man through Jesus Christ, the Incarnation. The struggle to know God and adhere to Him amidst worldly distractions is acknowledged, but the ultimate peace and happiness are found in uniting our wills with God, exemplified in the Incarnation and Redemption through Jesus Christ.

00:00 – Introduction and Overview of Franciscan Spirituality
00:25 – The Power and Role of Human Will
00:47 – Saint Bonaventure's Theory of Illumination
01:48 – Understanding the Hierarchy of Goods and Divine Inclination
03:00 – The Concept of Self-Gift and Free Will in Franciscan Thought
04:01 – The Incarnation and Its Significance in Franciscan Spirituality

Ave Maria!

This is a continuation of his series of homilies on Franciscan Spirituality - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNN151zTIO4&list=PLejh_e0-LN4xgMllKrzSasL2Hljd5BHom
and the subsection "Man in Franciscan Spirituality."

The material for this series comes primarily from Ciccarelli, Marciano M., "I capisaldi della spiritualità francescana" in Italian, which translates as "The Cornerstones of Franciscan Spirituality." No English translations of this book exist at the time of this recording.

Mass: Wkdays before Epiphany - Jan 2 - Wkdy
Readings:  - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010224.cfm
1st: 1jo 2:22-28
Resp: psa 98:1-4
Gsp: joh 1:19-28

More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1314

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