Ever since the current pope took the name Francis, interest in the life and message of Francis of Assisi has grown exponentially. Rohr ("Silent Compassion"), a Franciscan priest and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, examines the life of Francis of Assisi, God s holy fool. This is not a biography, however, but rather an examination of themes in Francis s ministry that can help inspire and motivate contemporary people of faith. Francis focused primarily on loving and being in solidarity with the poor, suffering, and outcast. His outwardly focused spirituality does not emphasize pursuing personal piety. In this way, the author posits that Francis serves as a corrective for those who are exceedingly pious or think they can forge their own path to God without community involvement. Simplicity is another key theme in Francis spirituality: simplicity involves placing oneself outside of financial and consumerist desires that offer a false sense of freedom. This Franciscan message is sorely needed in the world, and Rohr s masterful exposition of its treasures offers spiritual salve. "Publishers Weekly"
In"Eager to Love," [Rohr] reclaims the mysticism inherent in the Franciscan legacy and he offers it as an alternative to the hierarchical, patriarchal and authoritarian Christianity that he suggests has primary responsibility for so much of contemporary agnosticism in the West. He claims to want to "reignite the Franciscan revolution," which is universally accessible and inclusive, offering healing and liberation. As such, he is building a bridge between the Christian mystical tradition and estranged seekers of every ilk. "Eager to Love"is neither a biography of Francis nor a history of the Franciscan order, but Rohr's reflections on the best aspects of the Franciscan heritage as lived out by its founder and its early worthies Clare, Bonaventure and Dun Scotus. Dana Greene, "National Catholic Reporter" "show more