Franciscan Spirituality

Duns Scotus

Franciscan spirituality encompasses a rich array of ways of thinking and ways of living. Here is the briefest of introductions, broken into three categories even as they are deeply interrelated. The process is dynamic: you may start by shaping your thinking which influences your how you see which changes how you live, and at another point life experiences might be the catalyst for shifting how you think and how you see.

Climate Justice and the Moral Obligation to God’s Creation

In the U.S., we have seen more powerful storms like Superstorm Sandy and Katrina, more severe wild fires, and the worst drought in several decades. Abroad, humanity is bracing for flooding of densely-populated coastal regions, crop failure and famine, and mass migrations resulting in violent conflict. We must act, quickly and powerfully, to change systems and laws towards climate justice.

A Pope Francis Generation?

Let me begin by describing an experience that I had while in Washington D.C. during Easter week. This was at a series of conferences designed so that faith-based advocacy groups could promote their most recent initiatives to fellow advocacy organizations and interested members of the public. I was tabling on behalf of the Franciscan Action Network, and we were promoting our current campaigns on gun safety, immigration reform, and the climate crisis. I was also there to promote Franciscan Earth Corps as an emerging young adult initiative. Beside me at our table stood a statuette of St. Francis and piles of informational brochures. In the week preceding, I meticulously reviewed the key aspects of all of our campaigns. I was prepared to give the most professional and widely accepted account of our mission objectives and hopefully find ways to network with those who showed interest.

Venerable Matt Talbot

Patron of Struggling and Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics

Matthew Talbot (1856 - 1925) lived at an incredibly difficult time. He and his 13 siblings were born into poverty in Dublin shortly after the Irish Potato Famine. One million people died from this largely human-made disaster that saw, even while starvation was rampant, the British government's siphoning off of profit from Irish crops and livestock. Another million people emigrated out of the country, and alcoholism was rampant among those who stayed behind.