|Publication Date: 16 Jul 2015|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Author: Pope Francis|
|ISBN-13: 9780281074310, 9780281074327|
The Spirit of St Francis
Pope Francis, March 16, 2013
By taking the name of one of the most widely respected figures in history, Pope Francis set a high bar for his papacy. The legacy of St Francis is epic: a breath-taking testament to divine love and the human capacity for compassion and joy. Since his election in March 2013, the pope’s Franciscan ‘accent’ has become increasingly evident. His optimism, creativity, courage, and playful sense of humour are reminiscent of the beloved saint.
In his commitment to the poor, to peace, and to creation care Pope Francis is changing the status quo; challenging institutions of wealth and power, while inspiring the vulnerable and faithful around the world. I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration, vision, and spiritual guidance. These words of Pope Francis demonstrate why he is becoming such a life-changing, church-changing, and world changing leader—and a delightfully surprising gift from God.
The attractive layout of one item for each of the 170-plus pages makes the book ideal for dipping into and Pope Francis' sincerity crosses denominational barriers.
A COLLECTION of quotations taken directly from the official
Vatican texts of Pope Francis’ homilies, speeches, tweets, audiences,
prayers, daily meditations and writings is published
as The Spirit of St Francis – “Inspiring words on faith, love
and creation” – edited by Alicia von Stamwitz (SPCK,
£8.99). At Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s election in 2013,
he explained his choice of papal name by saying, “For me,
Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the
man who loves and protects creation”. His wish to follow the
precepts of his chosen saint is borne out by the chapter headings,
which include We are infinitely loved, Choose simplicity
and humility, Do not forget the poor! and Respect and protect
creation. The attractive layout of one item for each of the
170-plus pages makes the book ideal for dipping into and
Pope Francis’ sincerity crosses denominational barriers.