"Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation."
- Pope Francis, March 16, 2013.
Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the pope's uplifting and challenging words.By taking the name of one of the most venerated figures in Christendom, Pope Francis set a high bar for his papacy. Saint Francis renounced wealth and honor in order to proclaim the Gospel message to a lost generation. His exuberant love for God and radical example of Christian life awakened hope in countless followers and renewed the Church.
Pope Francis often speaks and writes about Franciscan ideals such as simplicity, humility, forgiveness, joy, compassion, peacemaking, and care for creation. His inspirational homilies, addresses, and writings on these and other Franciscan themes are collected in this book for the first time, giving you a simple way to renew your faith.
Pope Francis is always so quotable that the challenge in a collection such as this is making smart choices. Fortunately, Alicia von Stamwitz is a (nearly) infallible guide!
- John L. Allen Jr., associate editor, Crux and Boston Globe
This is neither a pretentious book, nor a haughty one. Instead, it is a rich, quiet, assured book whose pages speak to, and about, the cumulative hope of the two millennia since Christ was here among us. As a body of selected writings and excerpts, it is both more deeply consoling and more religiously invigorating than I can even begin to say (and this from a life-long Protestant, no less) but this much I do know and can say: the Church Universal has arrived at a new and holier time. Thanks be to God.
- Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours
In his commitment to the poor, to peace, and to creation care Pope Francis is changing the status quo; challenging institutions of wealth and power, while inspiring the vulnerable and faithful around the world. The way Francis lives his life reminds us of Christ, and his message is reaching people of all religions and none. In The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, Alicia von Stamwitz has compiled the pope’s most powerful and uplifting words on a wide variety of critical topics for the health and future of God’s children. I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration, vision, and spiritual guidance. These words of Pope Francis demonstrate why he is becoming such a life-changing, church-changing, and world changing leader—and a delightfully surprising gift from God.
- Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of The UnCommon Good, president of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine
Young people watch us: Do our actions match our words? In Pope Francis they—and we—find a person whose words about Jesus are illustrated by his actions on behalf of the young, the marginalized, the poor, and the oppressed. Pope Francis provides both insight and application on love, mercy, forgiveness, humility, joy, compassion. His words have power because his life is a powerful example of discipleship. He challenged the young Church at World Youth Day 2013 to go make a mess in the streets…and I would add, take this book along with you! It serves as a wonderful guide to encountering Jesus.
- Bob McCarty, executive director, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
What a wonderful collection of reflections by Pope Francis! In such a short period of time, this relatively unknown shepherd who came from the ends of the earth has found a home in the minds and hearts of millions of people of good will around the world. He has managed to transmit to us the joy of the Gospel through simple words and profound gestures that have moved us deeply. Each Angelus address, daily homily, General Audience catechesis and major talk of Pope Francis contains gems of spirituality, pearls of Catholic doctrine and messages of hope for everyone. This little book offers a window onto Francis's Petrine Ministry and a doorway into his heart and mind.
- Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English Language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office
Francis our pope is revealing through his daily life what Jesus announced and the way he lived. This little book inspired by Francis of Assisi who is a model for our pope will help many to rediscover the gospel message for today.
- Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche International