In his 50 years as a Franciscan, which include many summers in Assisi leading pilgrims in the steps of Francis and Clare, Murray Bodo has been able to drink in the spirit of Francis. With the imagination and vision of a poet, he invites all who will listen to heed their dreams and accept the challenge of journeying with Francis.
"A Creative Foray into St. Francis"
Who was medieval Italy's Francis of Assisi? Millions knew him as the saint who first received the stigmata of Christ, as a champion of the poor, and as a mystic who possessed a divine rapport with the natural world. But few know that Saint Francis also created an extraordinary system of practices to radiate a joyfulness of spirit inward to the soul and outward to the world. On The Way of Saint Francis, scholar and friar Murray Bodo reveals the life of this celebrated saint and shares specific meditations, prayers, and teachings to cultivate the 5 great keys of Franciscan spirituality: Silence, how to use inner and outer quietude to prepare a sacred dwelling place within; Purification, true forgiveness, the secret to purifying the heart; Openness, how to embrace your deeper suffering and simpler joys in the manner and spirit of Saint Francis; Response, the way of the Poor Christ, a life made rich through prayer, contemplation, and selfless service; Time, how we enter the state of the timeless divine. You will learn how to use each of these miraculous keys to open the door to the cell within - a sacred inner space of stillness and strength available to you at any time and in any situation - and to transform yourself into a true instrument of peace.
"Good for inspiration"
Your directors for this seven-day retreat, Following Our Pilgrim Hearts, are Francis and Clare of Assisi. Both saints were determined to follow the Christ who spoke to Francis from the cross of San Damiano. Their mission to rebuild the church by living the gospel of Jesus was done with a passion rooted in their experience of God's ecstatic love. Through the chosen words of Francis and Clare, you will walk in their footsteps through Assisi and the Umbrian countryside, focusing on pilgrimage and retreat.
"Great material but boring performance"
Francis and Jesus is the story of how the poor and humble St. Francis of Assisi gave away all to gain all, sharing in God's kingdom on Earth. Francis' life exemplifies what it means to be a genuine disciple of Jesus, walking in Christ's footsteps to show how ultimate truth is lived in small, unique ways. Franciscan Father Murray Bodo takes us on the journey with Francis, as we see his pain, his suffering, his dying to self. On that difficult road we are reminded that death to self creates new life....
If you are like most people, you probably believe that prayer is an exaltation, an ecstasy. Franciscan Father Murray Bodo says that for him, prayer is often more like a desert. This is the journey of prayer as he has experienced it, and as he would share it with us, especially those of us who are discouraged or desperate because we cannot pray. Or because of those deeper reasons that make prayer seem so hopeless right now. That brokenness or hurt that won’t heal. That darkness which seems too deep for any light to penetrate.