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October 04, 2006


Comic Book Guy

Worst movie ever -- "Brother Sun, Sister Moon." Unless you are a hippie on acid looking for a groovy trip, avoid this movie (even though it was made by Franco Zeferelli, whose "Jesus of Nazareth" is quite good)

Cornelius AMDG

What do people think of animal blessing ceremonies on this feast day?


Francis was a converted man, his was a life of conversion - that is the most important thing about him. From a neer do well playboy, he converted to following Christ.
Thinking of him as an envoirmentalist obscures the most important thing about him, as a model, perhaps deliberately.

reluctant penitent

St. Nicholas Tavelich, a Franciscan, took to heart the example of Francis' fearless attempt to convert the Sultan:

'On November 11, 1391, he entered the Turkish mosque and with the zeal of a Saint Paul preached to a vast assembly there. He pleaded with tact and eloquence that Christ and His religion be accepted by the Turks in their hearts and homes. Before he had finished, he was apprehended and taken to the magistrates. Questioned as to his faith, Nicholas joyfully professed his belief in the one true Church of Christ, defending it against every objection. This incensed the court to such an extent that he was knocked to the ground and attacked with great fury. Beaten almost to death, he was dragged into a dungeon, chained hand and foot, and kept for three days without food or drink. On the fourth day he was taken out into the street, where he died the glorious death of a martyr, slashed to pieces with scimitars. God glorified His martyr by miracles, and Pope Leo XIII solemnly confirmed the veneration paid to him from time immemorial.'



Re St Francis and the Wolf:

I bring to your attention this new Catholic-themed SF anthology, specifically the short story "Canticle of the Wolf". I read this when it first appeared in a fanzine years ago; it's an SF angle on the story.



Fascinating post! Thanks!

Sandra Miesel

In the '60s, Catholic sf writer Fred Saberhagen did a version of the legend, "Brother Berserker." The original magazine appearance was illustrated by Catholic artist Jack Gaughan in the manner of Durer.

There's also a fantasized novel, THE SEVEN MIRACLES OF GUBBIO by RL Bruckberger, a Dominican.

Fr. Stephanos, O.S.B.

Then there is the extant letter St. Francis wrote to all clerics indignantly insisting on the utmost spiritual and physical reverence, cleanliness and preciousness of everything that had to do with the Eucharist.

When it came to the celebration of the Mass and the reserving of the Eucharist in a tebernacle, St. Francis was intolerant of poverty.

Donald R.McClarey

"Brother Berserker." I'll have to look for that one!

The movie Francis of Assisi is first rate. Ironically the actor portraying Saint Francis was Bradford Dillman, an ex-marine! Dolores Hart, the lovely actress who was perfect for the role of Saint Claire, went on to become a cloistered nun.


Happy Feast Day, Amy.

Ave Maria!

People forget that St. Francis was indeed a radical in his following of Christ; that he was a radical penitent!

He conformed so closely to Christ that he was given the stigmata. All Franciscans are called to a great obedience to the Holy Father and the Magisterium and to the spirit of poverty and chastity as in their state of life.

Ave Maria!
A Franciscan Tertiary

Nate Wildermuth

Don't leave out that St. Francis had been a soldier once. And that his experience of violence, which can fairly be described as 'negative', led to his ultimate conversion.

The Pope had some good things to say about him: "He was not just an environmentalist or a pacifist. He was above all a convert."


Last night, my wife and I took part in the Transitus service with our Secular Franciscan fraternity and the Capuchin Friars at St. Bonaventure in Detroit. This service, celebrating the passing of Francis to the house of the Father, has had deep meaning for me since my profession in 1996. It summarizes the intense attitude of surrender and continuing conversion that is at the heart of SFO spirituality. While my family of origin still has a lot of issues, this family of adoption has always been welcoming of me and my Teresa. Tonight, we will be joing them for the feastday Mass.

Hope your feastday has gone well!

Pax et Bonum,

tonydoc, sfo

Jeff Miller

G.K. Chesterton's book St. Francis is also a good read on the saint.

Another point is that I have heard the "Spread the Gospels always and if necessary use words" quote often attributed to St. Francis is also not historically documented as being said by the saint.


It's probably silly to even ask--but I wonder who is the most popular post-Apostolic saint in Catholicism. I would say Therese or Francis with Padre Pio being a "dark horse" and Mother Teresa closing in from behind. I woould bet on Therese.

Lawrence Cunningham

In the final chapter of my book (Eerdmans, 1999) I have a bibliographical chapter surveying most of the recent work, both scholarly and popular, on Francis. There is a lot of appallingly bad stuff out there on Francis (including the Franke book). The Romantic Francis, I argue, is a nineteenth century construction which lingers down to our age. The best work on Francis is being done in Italian and some of it is getting into English.

Don Marco, O.Cist.

The most popular saint? Saint Rita of Cascia. Amazing. A study I read some years ago showed that Italians, at least, put Saint Rita first!

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