In this classic work, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff examines the relevance of St. Francis to contemporary spirituality and to the construction of a new church. Eschewing sentimental images of the Poverello, Boffs Francis embodies the preferential option for the poor. As a model of gentleness and care, Francis exemplifies an integral liberation in which the spiritual and the social are never separate, but intimately bound together. In his new preface Boff observes: Through his deep humanity Francis of Assisi has become an archetype of the human ideal. He belongs not only to Christianity but to all humankind.
Leonardo Boff spent more than thirty years as a Franciscan, including 22 years as a professor at the Franciscan Institute of Petropolis in Rio de Janeiro. Since leaving the Franciscan order and the priesthood in 1992, he has served as professor of ethics at the University of Rio de Janeiro. He has written more than eighty books, including Jesus Christ Liberator, Christianity in a Nutshell, and Francis of Assisi.
'One of the most comprehensive and readable biographies of St. Francis.'
'Sets before us issues of clear choice for Christian commitment today.'
, St. Anthony Messenger
'In St. Francis exemplary life Boff sees a humanistic and Christian alternative to life in the contemporary world.'