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Franciscan Studies and Faith Formation

Thomas Murner and the Eucharist

by J. M. Miskuly, OFM

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This examination of Thomas Murner's works produced between 1520 and 1529 aims at contributing to a better understanding and knowledge of a man who, without any significant following of his own, sought to stem the tide of a theological, social and political movement which would mark the end of European religious unity.

ISBN 1-57659-115-8
EAN 978-1-57659-115-4
200 Pages

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The Teacher of His Heart

by Norbert Nguyen-Van Khanh, OFM
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There was a passion, an intense energy of love that drove Francis to center his entire life in Christ. Christ was, indeed, the teacher of his heart. This book concentrates on the Christological dimension of Francis’s thought seen through the prism of his writings and against the background of the world in which he lived.

ISBN 1-57659-066-6
EAN 978-1-57659-066-9
253 pages


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The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Early-Middle Scholastic Period

by Kilian F. Lynch, OFM, STD

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ISBN 1-57659-025-9
EAN 978-1-57659-025-6
256 Pages

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The Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God's Love

Edited by Tom Nairn

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In the last half century, contemporary Catholic moral theology has developed at a rapid pace. Franciscan scholars have played a major part in this renewal of contemporary moral theology. Yet, these moral insights from the Franciscan tradition have, to a great extent, been overlooked by the English speaking world since many of the
works have not been available in English. The authors of this volume of essays hope that this contribution on the Franciscan moral vision will help to broaden the conversation regarding moral theology and continue the work already accomplished by the many authors working in non-English languages. Scholar contributors to this volume of essays include Joseph Chinnici, Kenan Osborne, Thomas Shannon, Thomas Nairn and Mary Beth Ingham.

2013: 326 pages

Pb 978-1-57659-208-3

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The First-Gospel, Genesis 3:15

by Dominic J. Unger, OFM Cap
edited by Eligius Buytaert, OFM

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Exegetes as well as other theologians will like to learn how the First-Gospel was understood by the Fathers of the Church and the modern scholars, as well as in official documents. Throughout the centuries Genesis 3:15 played an all-important role in Mariology. In 1854 Pope Pius IX appealed to the traditional interpretation of Genesis 3:15 as a proof for the Virgin Mother's immunity from sin, even original sin. The Pope held that a sufficient number of the Fathers and of ecclesiastical writers held the Christological and Marian interpretation of the First-gospel to warrant him to use it as an argument from Scripture for the complete victory of Mary over Satan, for her absolute immunity from all sin. Catholics in general accepted the Pope's interpretation. Only non-Catholics complained about the Pope's use of Genesis 3:15. This book provides an in-depth examination of Genesis and its connection to Mary's Immaculate Conception within the context of a pre-Vatican II environment.

ISBN 1-57659-030-5
EAN 978-1-57659-030-0
362 Pages

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Studies Honoring Ignatius Brady, Friar Minor

edited by Romano Stephen Almagno and Conrad L. Harkins

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This collection of more than 20 essays that are considered to be the nearest the heart, thought, and science of Ignatius Charles Brady and are presented in honor of this 20th century giant of Medieval scholarship.

ISBN 1-57659-029-1
EAN 978-1-57659-029-4
496 pages
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St. Francis and the Song of Brotherhood and Sisterhood

By Eric Doyle, OFM
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In 1981 the author wrote: “The Canticle of Brother Sun is a charter of peace . . . the most basic meaning of peace is being at home with all creatures, loving all life, reverencing all matter. The Canticle has a message of peace for all nations. . . . ”. For those who find in St. Francis an inspiration, this book will provide practical starting points for the application of the Franciscan way to everyday life.

ISBN 1-57659-003-8
EAN 978-1-57659-003-4
205 pages

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St. Bonaventure's Commentary on John's Gospel: Thirty Days of Reflection and Prayer

by Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.
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Release Date: January 2013 – Now Available!

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From author Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.: It seems that a word of general orientation is in order for those coming to Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of John for the first time. Bonaventure's style of commentary consists of a detailed outline of the text, running commentary on the individual verses, and answers to questions that arise from the text. In my selection of the Johannine passages for thirty days, I have given preferential treatment to those passages used in the liturgy during Cycle B and for Christmas, Sundays in Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Sundays after Easter.

Perhaps preachers may want to share with their congregations interpretations that are so old that they are new, that sparkle because Bonaventure has singled out the very best from tradition, and that challenge our hackneyed ways of interpreting a favorite passage such as Jesus healing of a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years (John 5).

Each day is arranged in the following manner. At the beginning I tell readers what passage from John's Gospel to read and meditate upon. Then I provide Bonaventure's commentary on one or two verses of the passage under consideration. My Reflection follows Bonaventure's interpretation. In the Reflection I relate Bonaventure's commentary to the rest of the passage being interpreted, to contemporary exposition, and to themes in the rest of the Gospel. I conclude each day with a Prayer, which is meant to be a springboard for readers own prayers.

In the tradition of lectio divina, Bob Karris, O.F.M., offers us a way to prayerfully explore the Seraphic Doctor's Commentary on the Gospel of John. Karris has insightfully selected thirty gospel texts with Bonaventure's comments to help us deepen our Christian discipleship.This is Franciscan scholarship at its finest: to lead one to an encounter with the Living Lord! --Michael Perry, O.F.M., Vicar General, Order of Friars Minor, Rome

In Thirty Days author and reader undertake a month-long pilgrimage into wisdom. Here a master of scriptural theology unites the best in contemporary scholarship with the best in medieval Franciscan contemplation on the Word of God. Karris's usual combination of a pithy and illuminating style with a deep and enriching content invites us into a feast of learning. The result for both preacher and receiver: a spiritual experience of knowledge, meditation, prayer, and application to daily life.
--Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M., Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California

For more than a decade, Robert J. Karris renowned Lucan scholar has applied his exegetical expertise to the recovery of St. Bonaventure s genius as medieval master of the sacred page. While certain works of Bonaventure are famous treatises on theological themes (e.g., The Itinerarium Mentis in Deum, The Breviloquium), his magisterial works of Scripture commentary have only recently started being available in English. Having completed the translation of Bonaventurean Commentaries on John and Luke, Fr. Karris now seeks to lead us into the mine of hidden gems of reflection. The work is itself a jewel. Short, pithy extracts of Bonaventure's writing, reflections that bridge the gap from medieval to post-modern minds, and short prayerful responses to round out a busy person's meditation on the Word. These are the clear, marvelously assembled contents of this small vade mecum. This good venture into the Seraphic Doctor's works honors the original author. If you love standing in the stream of Christian tradition experienced as ever ancient, ever new, you will love this book.
--Margaret Carney, O.S.F. , St. Bonaventure University

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Soul In Ascent, The

by Timothy Johnson
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Release Date: January 2013 – Now Available!

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First published by Franciscan Press in 2000, Dr. Timothy J Johnson’s The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer and Union with God has offered a thorough textual study of the importance of prayer in Bonaventure’s theology and life. This new edition is updated to include Johnson’s most recent work on Bonaventure’s Sunday Sermons sourced from his work, The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure – Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series. This new edition is a must-read book for anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality and theology.

Again, the scholarship of Timothy Johnson allows Bonaventure’s prayer and preaching to be powerfully alive in our own day. The first is the movement of the Spirit in the depths of heart and the second the proclamation of the Spirit in the life of the Church.
- J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., Saint Louis University

Tim Johnson’s study on prayer in Saint Bonaventure stands alone like a tall tree in the field of Franciscan studies. The Soul in Ascent gives readers the only thorough textual study introducing Bonaventure’s practice of prayer.
- Ingrid Peterson, OSF

If Francis discovered that prayer is an activity of the Spirit, Bonaventure was able to identify Francis’s unique charism of prayer: that of the poor. Johnson’s work is a wonderful tool that will be cherished by those eager to deepen the “Spirit of holy prayer.”
- Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap.

ISBN 1-57659-342-8
EAN 978-1-57659-342-4
240 Pages

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Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order: Origins, Development, Interpretation

by Robert M. Stewart

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The Secular Franciscan ORder received a new rule in 1978 from Pope Paul VI which was intended to give a new impetus to the Order so that it might flourish vigorously. This book examines the impact of that new rule while looking at the Franciscan lay movement from its origin, earlies expression and later transformation.
1991: 462 p.
Pb 978-1-57659-238-0


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