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Francis of Assisi
A Meditation on His Life and Writings

Utilizing written sources from Francis of Assisi and his contemporaries, Francis of Assisi: A Meditation on His Life and Writings invites readers into a vibrant meditation on the life of St. Francis, with a focus on his prayer and eucharistic devotion. The book moves readers beyond common sentimental approaches to Francis and toward a richer appreciation of the saint who received the stigmata.


"A treasure trove of reflections, this book offers a unique vantage point on the enduring gospel legacy of Francis. Each page's penetrating insights invite readers to live the spirit that impelled Francis of Assisi."
—Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap, emeritus professor of theology and religious studies, The Catholic University of America

"This is a joyful, hopeful book with Christ at its very center, a Christ who, in loving us, transforms each one of us. In reading this book, my reading became a prayer."
—Murray Bodo, OFM, author of Francis: The Journey and the Dream

"In an accessible, prayerful way, Benson integrates new materials on the saint's life and writings. He opens new doors to enter the gospel vision within the heart of Saint Francis."
—Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., professor emeritus, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Joshua C. Benson is associate professor of historical and systematic theology at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught since 2008. A scholar and popular teacher, he also publishes and lectures on Franciscan figures and their influence.

ISBN: 978-08091-5679-5

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