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Saint Francis of Assisi

By John R. H. Moorman

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Anglican Bishop and renowned medievalist John Moorman writes in his preface to this terrific, short biography of Francis of Assisi that Francis has something to say to people of all kinds. He was a mystic with a special interest in, and understanding of, nature. He was a poet, the first to write in verse in any modern language. He was a man of great courage, risking his life in carrying out his ideals, He inspired large numbers of men to give away all that they possessed and live as vagabonds, begging their bread from door to door, All these things were important, and all combine to make him a very remarkable man. But perhaps the thing about him which appeals to us most today is the challenge which he threw down to the standards and values of the ordinary, secular life of man.

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Scotus and Ockham: Selected Essays

Edited by Allan B. Wolter, OFM
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Produced over a career of six decades, Allan Wolter’s monumental editions, translations, commentaries
and studies constitute by far the largest and most influential body of scholarship by any modern author
of John Duns Scotus. The present collections brings together twelve of Wolter’s seminal articles, most of which have never been reprinted, as well as two new studies written for this volume. They range over
the length of Wolter’s career and represent the breadth of his interests: Scotus’s literary
production and academic career, his metaphysics, ethics, and theologoy, and his relation to Ockham and other Franciscan theologians.

ISBN 1-57659-188-3
EAN 978-1-57659-188-8
350 pages


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Scotus for Dunces: An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor

MaryBeth Ingham, C.S.J
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This book is a “simple guide” to theological and philosophical aspects

of the thought of the medieval Franciscan John Duns Scotus. Known as the Subtle Doctor, Scotus has a “reputation for intricate and technical reasoning.” Ingham provides an insightful and creative introduction to his philosophical

and theological principles, which are explored with clarity and demonstrated by the use of mumerous practical examples. By organizing the book around themes that are both timely and urgent, Ingham invites the reader into thoughtful reflection, encourages lively discussion, and challenges Franciscans in particular to consider choosing, always more conscious, lovingly, and freely, patterns of relationship that strive for the goodness and beauty in all things.

ISBN 1-57659-187-5
EAN 978-1-57659-187-1
240 Pages

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The Harmony of Goodness, by Mary Beth Ingham
Scotus for Dunces, by Mary Beth Ingham
The Ethical Theory of John Duns Scotus by Thomas Shannon

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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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Spiritual Warfare and Six Other Spiritual Writings of Peter of John Olivi

translation, introduction and notes by Robert J. Karris, OFM
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Release Date: August 2012
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While Peter of John Olivi (d. 1298) is generally classified more as a theologian
and/or philosopher than as a spiritual director, Robert Karris presents
several short works by Olivi which clearly indicate that he was concerned for
the spiritual progress of lay people, too. Besides Olivi’s four spiritual writings
– The Armed Soldier, The Prayer of Thanksgiving, Lessons on Growth in the
Spiritual Life and Remedies against Spiritual Temptations – Karris adds his
treatise on The Lord’s Prayer, on The Seven Sentiments of Christ Jesus, and an
abbreviated version of his commentary on Mary’s response to Gabriel in Luke
In addition to the works of Olivi, Karris provides a plethora of footnotes to aid
the reader, and in an appendix he has translated two interpretive parallels to
help readers see where Olivi follows traditional lines of thought and where he
diverges into his own unique treatment.
For too long the temptation to dismiss Olivi as a Franciscan reformer who ran afoul of the Roman authorities
after his death has kept his writings in the background of Franciscan scholarship. Now, with this short but penetrating
introduction to another facet of Peter of John Olivi’s ministry, Karris gives us reason to look again and
find new treasures in the life of Olivi which can enrich us today.
Robert J. Karris, OFM, ThD, Robert J. Karris, OFM, ThD,

ISBN 1-57659-355-X
EAN 978-1-57659-344-8
120 Pages

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St. Anthony, Doctor of the Church

by Sophronius Clausen

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Clasen produces an in depth biography of St. Anthony of Padua, piecing together the missing attributes of Anthony’s life through descriptive accounts and old biographies. Clasen traces Anthony through Morocco, Sicily, Northern Italy, and France to his death in Padua.
1973: 116 p.
Pb 978-0-8199-0458-4

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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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St. Bonaventure's Disputed Questions on the Knowledge of Christ - Works of St. Bonaventure, Volume IV

Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series
By Zachary Hayes, OFM

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The first English translation of this work. Bonaventure’s study is done in the medieval scholastic style of disputed
questions and shows how he, as scholar, was at the center of what Christianity is about.

ISBN 1-57659-046-1
EAN 978-1-57659-046-1
202 pages


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St. Bonaventure’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes - Works of St. Bonaventure, Volume VII

Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series
By Robert J. Karris, OFM, and Campion Murray, OFM.
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An important text for historians of theology and philosophy. This volume illustrates how Bonaventure was influenced by the Book of Ecclesiastes.

ISBN 1-57659-197-2
EAN 978-1-57659-197-0
461 pages

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