I would like to share some of my spiritual reading and what happened to me yesterday, when our Church was blessed with a new pope.
Since my trip home last week and returning to my Franciscan roots, I have again picked up some of my favorite books on Saint Francis. One of those books is Nikos Kazantzakis' Saint Francis. And just yesterday morning before morning prayer, I read the part about Francis' life when he kisses and embraces the leper-- only to discover that the leper is Jesus Christ, himself. Indeed, I was deeply moved, so moved that I felt I had to stop reading and move around and pray.
Kazantzakis writes Francis' life as if you, the reader, are in the story. It was an awesome experience. No more needs to be said.
Then also early in the morning one of my cousins, Jackie Brown, leaves a comment on the blog about revisiting my Francisican background and she says that perhaps of any saint, Francis is the patron of our family. And she is right!
And then in the afternoon of the day, our time, we have a new pope. He chooses Francis as his name!
See the film -- Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Read lives of Saint Francis -- I will make other suggestions later, but you can't go wrong with Kazantzakis'
Congratulations to our Church! Congratulations to Franciscan country of Nebraska! Lets live lives in accord to this wonderful saint and his female counter part, Clare.
Later in the morning of March 14, 2013
Here are a few other books on St. Francis that I have found really good.
1) Reluctant Saint -- subtitled: The Life of Francis of Assisi -- author -- Donald Spoto
This one came out in the early 2000s -- it is very historical -- sticks to facts and history-
--- very, very readable -- I have read it several times -- strongly suggested.
2) My Life With the Saints -- James Martin SJ-- this is a collection of numerous saints -- we read this
book as meal reading in the moastic dining room -- if you are looking for something much shorter
I suggest this book. I am sure that you can find most of it on you tube -- also strongly suggested.
Lastly for this morning -- I want to make special mention of two of our alums. They are indentical twins. They are Dan and Sott Henrickson. Both are Jesuits! Yesterday must have been a very happy day for you, Scott and Dan. We have always been proud of you and are even more so now. Congratulations on having a brother as Pope of our Church. It is great, indeed!