This warm-hearted little book is a window into the soul of St. Francis, one of the most passionate and inspiring followers of Jesus. "Prayer was to Francis as play is to a child: natural, easy, creative, and joyful," author Jon Sweeney tells us. "Before it became common to speak in personal terms of a relationship with God, Francis did so and made it seem natural." With this guide, readers will:
- Pray the words that Francis taught his spiritual brothers and sisters to pray.
- Explore Francis's time and place and feel the joy and earnestness of the first Franciscans.
- Experience how it is possible to live a contemplative and active life, at the same time.
About the Author
Jon M. Sweeney is an author, husband, and father of four. He has been interviewed on many television programs including CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, and PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His popular history The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation was optioned by HBO. He's the author of thirty-five other books, including The Complete Francis of Assisi, When Saint Francis Saved the Church, the winner of an award in history from the Catholic Press Association, and The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started. Sweeney is also the author of The Pope's Cat series for children. He presents often at literary and religious conferences, and churches, writes regularly for America in the US and The Tablet in the UK, and is active on social media (Twitter @jonmsweeney; Facebook jonmsweeney).
“To help us tap into this spirit of Francis's devotional life, the author has put together a weekly liturgy derived from various sources that reflects the saint's deepest concerns. There is a theme for each of the seven days: following Christ, disregard for possessions, peace and care in human relationships, love for all creatures, preaching the good news, passion more important than learning, and joyful simplicity. Also included in this handy paperback are occasional prayers of Francis — prayer to the Virgin Mary, prayer for exuberant faith, a benediction, a prayer for a rich spiritual life, and more.” —Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys