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The Franciscan Spirit in Over-the-Rhine

In 2009’s Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges won a well-deserved Oscar for playing Bad Blake, an aging country singer, failed father, drunk, and warrior poet. The film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind,” is playing in my office as I write this. Piercing the gravel-laden and unforgettable delivery of Ryan Bingham’s voice are the sounds of the neighborhood in which I work: police sirens, pedestrians, and blaring car horns fill the air. The chorus of the song reflects the journey of the film’s protagonist, but it’s just as true of the neighborhood I’m in: “This ain’t no place for the weary kind.”
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Franciscan Beliefs, Spirituality, and Philosophy

Some of my Franciscan sisters and brothers will not like what I’m about to write here. And what I’m about to say can easily be misunderstood, so I will try my best to be clear: Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing particularly special about Franciscan beliefs and spirituality!
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Finding Saints Francis and Clare

The Swiss Air flight from Zurich to Rome is the last stretch on a journey that’s proven one thing: I am simply not built for long flights. I’m taller than average: long on legs, short on tolerance for tight spaces. Sleep is impossible and sitting still for hours is a chore. It’s my mind, though, that is my true adversary: Every time I’m in the air, Don McLean’s “American Pie” plays in my head like a cerebral iPod with a grudge. But all fears and discomfort vanish as our airplane descends over a spectacular Italian wheat field ablaze with a gold I have never seen. I know I’m not in Cincinnati anymore.
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Saint Francis and the Word of God

As we begin, let me note something very specifically about Saint Francis’ love for Scripture. It is a statistical fact that in about one hundred pages of printed text, Francis quotes or at least alludes to Scripture some six hundred times—six hundred times in about one hundred pages of printed text. This surely shows to us that Saint Francis had an appreciation of Scripture, and that it always affected the way he approached his life and all of reality.
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Saint Francis' Canticle: All Creatures Are One Family

As a Franciscan friar for over 50 years, I am very familiar with the stories of Saint Francis of Assisi and animals. Many of you no doubt are familiar with the story of this brown-robed friar preaching to the birds. Or maybe that of his releasing Brother Rabbit from a trap, or letting Sister Raven serve as his “alarm clock” to awaken him for early morning prayers. Historians have credited Francis with composing the first great poem in Italian—a poem or hymn that bears the title The Canticle of Brother Sun (also known as The Canticle of the Creatures). In this hymn, Saint Francis invites all his brother and sister creatures—whether minerals, plants or animals—to praise their Creator. These creatures include “Brother Sun” and “Sister Moon,” “Brother Fire” and “Sister Water,” as well as “Sister Earth our Mother,” with all her various fruits and colored flowers.
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Richard Rohr on Saint Francis and Saint Paul

Saint Francis of Assisi was a right-brain thinker, drawing on intuitions and emotional creativity as he set out to follow the Gospel. Saint Paul of Tarsus, a millennium earlier, had preached the Gospel—from a left-brain perspective—using his scholarly training and logic to bring the good news outside the walls of Jerusalem. According to Richard Rohr—Franciscan teacher, preacher, and author—there are connections between the different thinking of Saint Paul and Saint Francis, two of his spiritual heroes. They are mentors on Rohr’s spiritual journey that can guide others on theirs. He sees in Saints Paul and Francis differing perspectives, which were and are needed by the Church then and today.
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Pope Francis, Saint Francis, and Our Ecological Challenge

It’s no secret that we Americans have a dependency on our cars. In fact, the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s oldest environmental organizations, reports that Americans travel almost three trillion miles by car each year. Transportation contributes about one-third of all US carbon dioxide emissions, according to Sierra’s reports. That’s a lot of pollution.
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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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The Stigmata of Saint Francis

The Chapel of the Stigmata is perched on the edge of the same sheer precipice where Saint Francis stood two years before his death and where he was swept up into the mystery of God’s overwhelming love for him and for humanity. 
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Saint Francis of Assisi and the Animals

  It's hard to separate Francis of Assisi and animals. Stories abound of how this great saint could communicate with animals and felt at one with all creation. Here are a few of the stories that were first recorded by Thomas of Celano during the 13th century.
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