Mar 22 2008

Book: Francis and Clare: The Complete Works

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Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality
Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM



I discovered this book years ago in a used book store on Maui, early in my days of reading sacred poetry. I was instantly hooked because, for some reason, it never really occurred to me that you can read the actual personal letters of such great saints of the Catholic tradition, like Francis and Clare of Assisi. But here they are: letters, spiritual guidelines… and poetry. If you’re new to medieval Christian mysticism and thought, this probably isn’t the place to start. But I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to cultivate a more intimate understanding of the spiritual life of one of the most loved saints of the West.


Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself
      through contemplation!
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
      as they taste the hidden sweetness
      which God Himself has reserved
      from the beginning
      for those who love Him.

– Clare of Assisi

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword

FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Introduction
The Spiritual Theology
Conclusion

The Admonitions
The Canticle of Brother Sun
The Canticle of Exhortation to Saint Clare and Her Sisters
The Exhortation to the Praise of God
The Form of Life Given to Saint Clare and Her Sisters
The Last Will Written for Saint Clare and Her Sisters
A Letter to Brother Leo
A Letter to the Clergy
The First Letter to he Custodians
The Second Letter to the Custodians
A Letter to the Entire Order
The First Version of the Letter to the Faithful
The Second Version of the Letter to the Faithful
A Letter to a Minister
A Letter to the Rulers of the Peoples
A Letter to Saint Anthony
The Office of the Passion
The Parchment Given to Brother Leo
The Praises to be Said at All the Hours
The Prayer Before the Crucifix
The Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
The Earlier Rule
The Later Rule
The Rule for Hermitages
The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Salutation of the Virtues
The Testament
The Blessing Given to Brother Bernard
The Blessing Sent to Saint Clare and Her Sisters
A Letter Written for the Citizens of Bologna
A Letter Written to Lady Jacoba
A Letter Sent to the Brothers in France
The Testament Written in Siena
True and Perfect Joy

CLARE OF ASSISI

Introduction

The Letters of Saint Clare to Blessed Agnes of Prague
The First Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague
The Second Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague
The Third Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague
The Fourth Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague
The Letter to Ermentrude of Bruges
The Rule of Saint Clare
The Testament of Saint Clare
The Blessing Attributed to Saint Clare

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