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Dorothy Day and the Saints

How would I describe the spirituality of Dorothy Day? It was inspired by the “Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, her conviction that all our small acts of faithfulness and love can help transform the world in ways we may never see.
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5 Books on Catholic Saints to Read This Year

  If your New Year's resolution is to pay more attention to your spiritual life, then let the saints be your guide! These 5 books offer inspiration from Catholic saints to help you deepen your practices of prayer and virtue.
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The Legacy of the Franciscans

Robert Ellsberg discusses Franciscan Media and the Franciscan faith community.   When the number of votes was reached making me pope, the Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes came up to me and said: “Don’t forget the poor.” Immediately, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi.... Francis, the man of poverty, peace, who loves and takes care of creation, a man who gives out a sense of peace, a poor man. Oh! How I would like a church that was poor and for the poor! —Pope Francis There have been several Franciscan popes in history, most recently Pope Clement XIV (1769–1774). He is remembered, among other things, for having suppressed the Society of Jesus. Ironically, the first Jesuit elected pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, became the first to assume the name of Francis. Some initial speculation focused on whether he had meant to invoke the great Jesuit missionary Saint Francis Xavier, or perhaps Saint Francis de Sales. But no, as the new pope soon made clear—his inspiration was none other than Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Franz Jägerstätter: Franciscan Spirit, Saintly Life

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty quite like the Holocaust. More than six decades have passed, but the shadows of that era linger still. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such unparalleled darkness.
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Bernard of Quintavalle, First Companion of Saint Francis

Bernard, one of the wealthiest young men of Assisi, became intrigued by reports about one of his peers—Francesco di Bernardone, previously known as something of a dandy and carouser—who had recently aroused wonder, as well as ridicule, by his ostentatious embrace of poverty. His curiosity piqued, Bernard invited Francis to dine with him and spend the night in his home.
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First Encounter with Saint Francis

Saint Francis exuded a spirit of freedom and joy. People wanted to be near him, to discover for themselves the secret of his joy. As Thomas of Celano, his first biographer, described him, “O how beautiful, how splendid, how glorious did he appear in the innocence of his life, in the simplicity of his words, in the purity of his heart, his love for God, in his fraternal charity, in his ardent obedience, in his peaceful submission, in his angelic countenance!” Here was a man who had evidently discovered the way to heaven. Others were eager to follow.  Robert Ellsberg, author of The Franciscan Saints, talks about his own discovery of Saint Francis—and the effect the poor man of Assisi has had on his life.
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