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Eager to Love : The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

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Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down to earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Globally recognized as an ecumenical teacher, Richard Rohr started out and remains a Franciscan friar. The loving, inclusive life and preaching of Francis of Assisi make him a recognizable and beloved saint across many faith traditions. He was, as Rohr notes, " "a master of making room for it and letting go of that which was tired or empty. Francis found an alternative way to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel. Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on his revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus. Rohr draws on Scripture, insights from psychology, and literary and artistic references, to weave together an understanding of the tradition as first practiced by St. Francis. Rohr shows how his own innovative theology is firmly grounded in the life and teaching of this great saint and provides a perspective on how his alternative path to the divine can deepen and enrich our spiritual lives. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 144.78 x 193.04 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
  • Cincinnati, United States
  • English
  • 1616367016
  • 9781616367015
  • 44,574

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"Eager to Love" illuminates the path of Francis of Assisi as a path of evolving life toward integral wholeness.--Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author, "Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis"show more

About Father Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and thePerennial Tradition.He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of theCenter for Action and Contemplation (CAC)in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplation and lived"kenosis"(self-emptying), expressing itself inradical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including"Everything Belongs, Adam s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water," "Falling Upward," "Immortal Diamond, "and"Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi."Fr. Richard is academic Dean of theLiving School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's placewithin the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.Visit cac.org for more information. "show more

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