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Spirit + Life No. 121: July – September 2017

Friday, December 1st, 2017

SPIRIT + LIFE
July – September 2017

 
CONTENTS:
Editorial
Stigmatisation of Saint Francis
800 Years of Franciscan Presence in the Holy Land
The Liber of Francesco di Bartolo on the Portiuncula Indulgence
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Various authors
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New translation by Noel Muscat OFM

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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THE FRUITFUL FAMILY OF FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ITALIAN TRANSLATION OF BARTOLOMEO DA PISA, “LIBER DE CONFORMITATE VITAE BEATI FRANCISCI AD VITAM DOMINI IESU”, BOOK 1, CONFORMITY 8

For the occasion of the solemnity of St. Francis we are presenting an on-line Italian translation in PDF edition of a section of the voluminous work of Bartolomeo da Pisa, known as “De Confirmitate Vitae Beati Francisci ad Vitam Domini Iesu” (Book of Conformities of the Life of Saint Francis to the Life of the Lord Jesus). The section deals mainly with the companions of St. Francis and the lives of many holy friars living in the various provinces of the Franciscan Order during the 13th and 14th centuries. (more…)


Fr. Ġorġ Aquilina OFM – (1939-2012)

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

In memoriam

Early in the morning of Saturday 29th September 2012, feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Fr. Ġorġ Aquilina ofm passed away at the Franciscan friary of Saint Mary of Jesus (Ta’ Ġieżu) in Valletta. He was 73 years old. (more…)


In defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence

Monday, April 30th, 2012

“In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence” is an English translation of the Latin original medieval sources for the Portiuncula Indulgence, which Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) requested from Pope Honorius III in 1216 for the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, known as the Portiuncula, close to Assisi. The most important source among these documents is the “Tractatus de Indulgentia Portiunculae” by Brother Francis Bartholi of Assisi, composed in 1334-1335 in defence of the Indulgence against its detractors. Hence the title “In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence”.

The author, Brother Noel Muscat ofm, is a member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. He was born in Malta in 1957 and entered the Order in 1976. He studied Franciscan Spirituality at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome and is author of various publications. He currently resides in Jerusalem, where he is at the service of the Holy Land Custody.

In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence (pdf)


Frate Egidio di Assisi

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
FRATE EGIDIO DI ASSISI:
PRIMO FRANCESCANO IN TERRA SANTA?

Frate Egidio (pdf)

Read this short article in Italian to mark the seven hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Brother Giles of Assisi. The author is Noel Muscat OFM, at present Director of Formation at the Custody of the Holy Land.


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…)