You are no doubt familiar with the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. You have probably experienced Franciscan spirituality first hand. But, until now, the extraordinary Franciscan Intellectual Tradition has been little discussed.
Through this unique 12-talk series with one of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition's greatest living experts, you will experience powerful new insights and understanding.
Francis himself was a writer, poet, musician and devout reader of Scripture who demonstrated deep Biblical and theological insight. St. Clare of Assisi also communicated a rich contemplative experience of Christ.
In the following generations, Franciscans developed the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. Its outstanding figures include St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bonaventure, and Bl. John Duns Scotus. You will meet other figures: Friar Roger Bacon, an Oxford scientist; Bl. Ramon Lull, a devout layman; Bl. Angela of Foligno, whose mystical writings shaped generations of theologians; and the politically active poet, widower and friar, Jacopone da Todi, who composed some of his most beautiful poems about Christ while imprisoned by a pope.
Explore the Franciscan view of Christ as the center of all creation, and of what the Incarnate Word reveals about life in the Holy Trinity. The Blessed Virgin introduces us to the Franciscan reflection on the human person. Divine and human freedom are explored. Franciscan contributions to the study of Scripture will receive special attention. You will glimpse the inspiration that Francis gave to artists, musicians, novelists, and poets across the centuries, and explore some contemporary institutions that carry forward the Franciscan Tradition he founded eight centuries ago.
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.
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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.
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.
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- Christ as the Center
- The Communion of the Trinity
- The Human Person as Image of God
- The World of Creation
- The Importance of Freedom
- Living in an Economy of Gift
- The Importance of the Word of God
- The Study of Sacred Scripture: The Renaissance, Reformation and Beyond
- The Revelation of Christ in Culture
- The Franciscan Tradition and the Arts
- Francis as the Inspiration of Artists
- Francis and the Role of Study