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Franciscan Prayer [Paperback]

By Ilia Delio, Charles A. Desnoyers, George B. Stow, Frank Cho (Illustrator), Stuart Immonen (Illustrator), Eric Myott (Contributor) & Tim Ohr
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Pages   198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 2004
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867166142  
EAN  9780867166149  


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Masterfully written and intensely enlightening, Franciscan Prayer could very well be considered the essential handbook for all those seeking to pray and live the Franciscan way. With exquisite execution, Franciscan theologian Ilia Delio clearly outlines what it means to pray as a Franciscan. Through her experience as a discalced Carmelite nun and then her transformation into Franciscan scholar, Sister Delio brings to light the "contemplative," "cosmic" and "evangelizing" aspects of Franciscan prayer. Everyone, says Delio, seems to know about Francis' life, his miracles, his devotion to evangelization and his dedication to living a simple and humble life, yet few know about his prayer life, which seemed, over the centuries, to get lost in the paper shuffle between theologians followers and historical biographers.

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Masterfully written and intensely enlightening, "Franciscan Prayer" could very well be considered the essential handbook for all those seeking to pray and live the Franciscan way.
With exquisite execution, Franciscan theologian Ilia Delio clearly outlines what it means to pray as a Franciscan. Through her experience as a discalced Carmelite nun and then her transformation into Franciscan scholar, Sister Delio brings to light the "contemplative," "cosmic" and "evangelizing" aspects of Franciscan prayer.
Everyone, says Delio, seems to know about Francis' life, his miracles, his devotion to evangelization and his dedication to living a simple and humble life, yet few know about his prayer life, which seemed, over the centuries, to get lost in the paper shuffle between theologians, followers and historical biographers.
It is through Clare of Assisi, Delio asserts, that we have insights into the Franciscan path of prayer. " Clare] provides the 'road-map' of prayer for evangelical life...she was able to do this because she lived under monastic rule while ardently desiring evangelical life." Through Clare's letters and actions, we find the rudiments of Franciscan prayer: "Gaze--Consider--Contemplate--Imitate."
Delio also uses the insights of Saint Bonaventure as well as Saint Francis to fully show the meaning and purpose of prayer in the Franciscan tradition.

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More About Ilia Delio, Charles A. Desnoyers, George B. Stow, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Eric Myott & Tim Ohr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ILIA DELIO, O.S.F., is associate professor of ecclesiastical history and director of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. She wrote Franciscan Prayer and The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press), Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ (Franciscan Press) and Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thoughts and Writing (New City Press).

Ilia Delio currently resides in Washington, DC.

Ilia Delio has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Studies in Franciscanism


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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Holy and Inspired  Mar 25, 2007
Excellent Book! Sr Delio brings the incarnational spirituality of St Francis, St Bonaventure, and of St Clare to a layperson in such a way as to mesmerize.
 
Wonderful  Jul 26, 2006
This book is a delight. A must have for secular Franciscans of all denominations.
 
Franciscan Prayer by Ilia Delio--Well Worth Reading  Aug 2, 2005
This book is well written and will appeal to non-Franciscans as well as Franciscans. The format--with questions at the end of each chapter--readily appeals to persons who wish you use the book for a discussion group. I have used one of the chapters with college undergraduates. They understood the message and found it readily applicable to their own lives. These students are all non-Franciscans; half of them are non-Catholic Christians.
 
Prayer Tips from Francis, Clare, and Bonaventure  Feb 3, 2005
The goal of Delio, a theologian, in writing this book is to define more clearly the role of Franciscan prayer in making Jesus Christ alive in the believer. To accomplish this aim, she relies on three major voices from the Franciscan tradition: Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, and Bonaventure of Bagnoregio.

The book addresses specifics such as Clare's fourfold path to prayer (gazing, considering, contemplating, and imitating), and the Franciscan practices of poverty, friendship with Christ, and unceasing prayer as a way to live more deeply in Christ. These topics are fleshed out with background on the cultural climate leading to and encompassing the time of Francis, Clare, and Bonaventure and also details of their lives and teachings.

The entirety of the book is informative and inspiring, but its greatest richness lies in the author's gift for expressing spiritual concepts; example, "We pray not to acquire a relationship with God as if acquiring something that did not previously exist. Rather, we pray to disclose the image of God in which we are created, the God within us, that is, the one in whom we are created and in whom lies the seed of our identity.... We pray not to `ascend' to Go but to `give birth to God' to allow the image in which we are created to become visible."
 

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