Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

Richard Rohr, Author
Richard Rohr. Franciscan Media, $21.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-61636-701-5
Reviewed on: 07/14/2014
Release date: 07/01/2014
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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. (Aug.)
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