Archive for the ‘Franciscan Studies’ Category

800 YEARS SINCE ST. CLARE JOINED FRANCIS AT THE PORTIUNCULA

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Fr. Noel Muscat OFM

On 28 March 2011 it will be exactly 800 years since Clare of Assisi left her paternal house in Piazza San Rufino in Assisi, to join Francis at the Portiuncula chapel. On that night the Order of Poor Ladies was born, which was to become the Second Franciscan Order, or Order of Saint Clare. This year the event will be celebrated with special solemnity in many monasteries of the Poor Clares. In order to mark the moment of the evangelical vocation of the pianticella, or little plant, of Francis, as Clare would call herself, Noel Muscat ofm is presenting another paper in this section of our website entitled “The Night when Clare of Assisi left her Paternal House”.

Paper on 800 years since St. Clare joined Francis at the Portiuncola – Download here (pdf)

HISTORY OF THE FRANCISCAN ORDER BY HERIBERT HOLZAPFEL OFM

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Introduction by
Noel Muscat ofm

On the occasion of the feast of St. Francis we are also posting a complete English translation of Heribert Holzapfel’s Handbuch der Geschichte des Franziskanerordens, published in 1909, exactly 101 years ago. (more…)

CHRONICLE OF THE 24 GENERALS OF THE ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR IN A NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

INTRODUCTION by

Noel Muscat ofm

The history of the Franciscan Order during its first two centuries of existence has been the subject of intense research and study. The Sources for the Life of Saint Francis are of fundamental importance to understand the historical background in which the Order of Friars Minor was born and developed. Many of these mediaeval documents are now edited, and they have been translated into English and can be read by the general public. (more…)

New Life of St. Francis for those in formation

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

We are posting a Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, written by Fr. Noel Muscat ofm in 2003, in Italian, entitled “Vita di San Francesco d’Assisi”. This on-line publication is a popular biography of the Saint of Assisi, written in the form of notes, with the aim of providing an initial approach to the life of Saint Francis for candidates to the Franciscan life. (more…)

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)