Flowers from the Garden of Saint Francis for Every Day of the Year

Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226)

This is a collection of 365 moral admonitions of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and other notable Franciscans. The compiler of this anthology suggests that Francis "was inspired by God, six hundred years ago, to rekindle in His Church the spirit of humility, simplicity, poverty, detachment from the world, and ardent love of our crucified Redeemer." Indeed, these admonitions manifest a great concern for the cultivation of personal humility, meekness, chastity, and sorrow for sin. The admonitions you find here are directed primarily to Franciscan friars and cloistered nuns, as seen, for example, in the exhortations to friars and nuns to obey the religious superiors who oversee their friaries and convents. Yet, this lofty spiritual wisdom and rigorous discipline has been adapted in numerous ways over the centuries to meet the spiritual needs of secular clergy and laypersons, to guide them safely through this life to the next, to enable them to enjoy a deeper personal relationship with our Creator, and to cultivate in them a greater respect for His beloved creatures. Consequently, Franciscanism has found a home not only within the cloister but without its towering walls, and not only among Christians of all denominations but also among non-Christians and even non-believers. Its universal appeal is epitomized, perhaps, in that benevolent old Franciscan greeting "Pax et bonum!"—"Peace and all good be with you!"—which is still used in our time in a world broadly diverse in creed and culture. (Summary by dave7)

Genre(s): Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 – Dedication, January dave7
Play 02 02 – February dave7
Play 03 03 – March dave7
Play 04 04 – April dave7
Play 05 05 – May dave7
Play 06 06 – June dave7
Play 07 07 – July dave7
Play 08 08 – August dave7
Play 09 09 – September dave7
Play 10 10 – October dave7
Play 11 11 – November dave7
Play 12 12 – December dave7