Follow the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi in this special retreat experience with gifted Franciscan Br. Bill Short, O.F.M., as your guide.
In this series of 12 retreat sessions, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own spiritual journey with insights from the writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Franciscan spirituality has brought a fresh look at God, at Christ, to Christians for centuries. The great saints of Assisi, Francis and Clare, have inspired many to follow their simple and heartfelt approach.
What You Will Experience
Francis shows us how to approach God as love, a reality that is based in the heart’s affections more than the mind’s ideas. The dynamic relationship of the Persons of the Holy Trinity provides the model for our lives. Can we develop our “emotional intelligence” in growing in union with God?
Our humanity itself is modeled on Christ, and thus gives us a very good image of who God is. The limitations of our life, of time and space, even suffering and death, can connect us with God because of the Beloved Son Jesus.
The Lord’s presence among us continues “until the end of the ages,” in the Eucharistic poverty of Christ. And our community of worship and praise is much broader than the human world, as every creature joins in worship of the Creator, becoming brother and sister to us, as Francis sang in his “Canticle of Creatures.” As we live the word of Jesus in deed and example, we “give birth” to the Lord in “holy activity,” sharing in the mystery of His Mother Mary, “the virgin made Church.”
After listening to these 12 retreat topics, you will have the inspiration of Francis and Clare of Assisi to accompany you in your journey, following the footprints of Christ in this world.
Learn about downloadable programs.
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.
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
- An Encounter with Love
- Beginning with Matter
- Knowing Myself
- Trying to Find God by Knowing
- The Paradox of the Cross
- Jesus as the Center
- The God who Serves
- Hearing the Word and Doing the Word
- Finding Sweetness in Bitterness
- An Abiding Presence
- A Community of Brothers and Sisters
- To Be the Mother of the Lord