Archive for the ‘Franciscan Notes’ Category

Introduction to the Writings of St. Francis

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
INTRODUCTION TO THE WRITINGS
OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Noel Muscat ofm

1.1 Critical Editions of the Writings The knowledge regarding the life and charism of Saint Francis of Assisi, until thirty years ago, was largely limited to some of the sources of his life, particularly The Little Flowers of Saint Francis and The Major Legend of Saint Francis, the latter by Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio. (more…)


The Rules of St. Francis

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
THE RULES (LEGISLATIVE WRITINGS)
OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Noel Muscat ofm

2.1 Genesis and Formation of the Franciscan Rules In his Testament 14-15, Francis writes: “And after the Lord gave me brothers, no one showed me what I had to do, but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel. And I had this written down simply and in a few words and the Lord Pope confirmed it for me.”

The Rules (pdf)


Spiritual Writings

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
EXHORTATIVE AND SPIRITUAL WRITINGS
Noel Muscat ofm

3.1 The Way of Life given to Clare and the Poor Ladies of San Damiano (1212) Clare of Assisi (1193-1253), in her Rule, c.6, gives us the Way of Life, or Forma Vitae, which Francis wrote to her and the first Poor Ladies of San Damiano in 1212:

Exhortative and spiritual writings (pdf)


The Letters of St. Francis

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
THE LETTERS OF SAINT FRANCIS
Noel Muscat ofm

4.1 First Version of the Letter to the Faithful (1209-1215)

Paul Sabatier first published the First Version of the Letter to the Faithful in 1900, from the codex of Volterra. He gave it the title Verba vitae et salutis (Words of life and salvation). Franciscan scholars thought that it was a later extract of what is today known as the Second Version of the Letter to the Faithful, but when Kajetan Esser studied the manuscripts containing the letter, he found that the Volterra manuscript was truly unique, and that it merited a study on its own, just as Sabatier had insisted.

The Letters (pdf)


The Prayers of St. Francis

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
THE PRAYERS OF SAINT FRANCIS
Noel Muscat ofm

5.1 Prayer before the Crucifix (1205/06) The Prayer before the Crucifix, composed originally in the Italian dialect of Umbria, is one of the earliest prayers among the Writings of Saint Francis. It was composed at the very beginning of his conversion process, when he would go to the derelict church of San Damiano to pray.

The Prayers (pdf)


Dictated Writings

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
DICTATED WRITINGS
Noel Muscat ofm

Jacques Cambell introduced the term «dictated writings». In medieval Franciscan literature we sometimes find that Francis is said to have dictated some letters or other writings, whose contents are described, but without the original written form in which they were composed. They are accepted as Writings of Saint Francis, of which we know the existence, but whose content remains lost to us.

Dictated writings (pdf)


Chronology

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Chronology (pdf)


Introduction

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Introduction (pdf)


Modern Study

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Modern Study (pdf)


Francis the Saint

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Francis the Saint (pdf)