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The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality

  • Professor, Franciscan School of Theology
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

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You will love this extraordinary course.

St. Francis of Assisi invented the way we celebrate Christmas. The Stations of the Cross go back to his inspiration. Eucharistic devotions are rooted in his 13th-century writings. Prayers honoring the Virgin Mary can be traced to his ideas.

A deep affection for Jesus in the events of His earthly life made Francis love the Gospel. Prolonged meditation on the words of Jesus bore fruit in form of  Francis’ writings and way of life. Franciscan spirituality is the treasure we have received from this ''little poor man'' of Assisi. 

In this series of lectures, former Franciscan School of Theology president Br. William “Bill” Short shares some of the treasures of Franciscan spirituality. These lectures focus on the writings and life of Francis himself, without forgetting the contributions of St. Clare of Assisi, St. Bonaventure, St. Anthony of Padua and Br. John Duns Scotus. Franciscan spirituality is still a growing worldwide religious phenomenon today, and its modern-day influence will not be neglected.

This rich spiritual tradition also poses questions that can puzzle us. The primary virtues for Francis, after charity, are humility and patience. Why is that? Why does he consider joy a good defense against the devil's influence? What led his followers to connect the Incarnation of the Word with the creation of the universe? 

Explore the profound and accessible Franciscan spiritual tradition, one that sees Christ at the heart of the world. This is the gift of St. Francis: it is ''the treasure of a poor man.''

Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.


Speaker Photo by Scott Anger

About Your Presenter

Br. William Short is a Franciscan Friar the former President and Academic Dean of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Center in California.

After graduating from the University of San Francisco, he completed an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology before receiving the S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. In July of 2014, Br. Short received the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal.

Br. Short has dedicated his scholarly work to a retrieval of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality and theology. He is co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers: Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published works on the history of the Franciscan movement and its spirituality.

Speaker Photo by Scott Anger

Topic Titles

  • Spirit and Life: Hearing the Gospel and Putting It into Practice
  • Cleaning the House Inside Us: The Word in Our Hearts
  • A Poor Woman and the Word: The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Christmas as the Meaning of History: The Incarnation
  • The Humility of God: Reverence for the Holy Eucharist
  • We Adore You: The Cross at the Heart of the Church
  • A Salutation of the Virtues: Humility and Patience
  • True and Perfect Joy: Enduring Suffering, Keeping Peace
  • No Gloomy Hypocrites! Spiritual Joy to Frustrate the Devil
  • The Soul's Journey into God: The Path of Franciscan Mysticism
  • The Mirror Hanging on the Cross: Finding Our True Self in Christ Crucified
  • Christ the Center of All Things: Nature as God's Good Creation in Christ

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  1. The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality Bundle: A Franciscan Retreat with Michael Crosby, OFM Cap + The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality - 11 CDs Total $74.95
  2. The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality Bundle: The Treasure of a Poor Man: Franciscan Spirituality + A Franciscan Retreat with Br. Bill Short - 10 CDs Total $54.95

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A master presenter Review by Br. Rodd
Br. Bill Short, OFM, is a master presenter. He speaks deep truths about Franciscan Spirituality so that everyone, lay or seminary trained, can understand. He has a superb handle on the material in educating this generation on the person of St. Francis and the history of the Franciscan intellectual tradition. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
It was clear, complete, succinct and inspiring. Review by Karron
The course on Franciscan Spirituality by Fr. Bill Short, OFM, was the best elucidation of the Franciscan charism that I have ever heard. It was clear, complete, succinct and inspiring.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
The presenter is lively and very knowledgeable in this subject. Review by Sr. Juliana
Brother Bill Short's historical background of the time of Francis was very helpful. Francis became more alive to me. I have greater admiration of this Saint of all time and of all peoples. The presenter is lively and very knowledgeable in this subject. (Posted on 9/4/2015)
* Review by Dr David Leary, OFM Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Br William Short is one of the English speaking world's foremost researchers, writers and presenters on the origins and early development of the Franciscan Order. From that position, Br Bill is able to inform us of the complexity and yet simplicity of Franciscan spirituality. It is engaging, nourishing and inviting. (Posted on 4/16/2015)
A primer in the subject of Franciscan Spirituality Review by Jimbo
The spirituality of St. Francis is anything but a "feel good" point of view, although there is plenty of joy and peace. This writer speaks from experience as he gives us (and the world) the much needed virtues of Francis of Assisi: humility, true poverty of spirit, patience, love of the poor, and reverence for all of creation, (Posted on 8/7/2013)
Excellent lectures Review by Franklin
These lectures are amazing! I have always appreciated the wisdom of Franciscan Spirituality and Br. Short explains a new level of detail. Simply priceless. (Posted on 1/5/2013)

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