The Life of St. Francis of Assisi
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
"Francis, go and build up My house, which thou seest, is falling into ruin." To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church in souls. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many to conversion and a deeper faith.
Never ordained a priest, St. Francis nonetheless was a preacher and a miracle-worker of the first order - curing, prophesying, casting out devils, turning water into wine, and raising people frmo the dead.
Saint Bonaventure, an Italian theologian and monk, is widely considered the greatest Franciscan mystic after St. Francis himself. Commissioned by the Franciscan Order, Bonaventure wrote this official biography of St. Francis of Assisi in 1260. This account of the life of St. Francis is both riveting and inspiring; an essential read for those looking to understand the remarkable life and spirituality of this revered saint.
The Life of St Francis of Assisi by St Bonaventure conveys a picture of the Saint that renders an indelible impression of a man totally transformed by God.
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St. Francis is the best model for all Catholics who want to rebuild the Church in our time of darkness and apostasy. This particular book is the most trusted source on St. Francis because it is written by perhaps the second greatest saint of the Franciscan Order, Saint Bonaventure, whose work deserves more attention than it gets, (to say nothing of Franciscan Theology in general.) The Life of St. Francis also gives Traditionalists a model in their efforts to renew Catholic piety.
I binged on reading biographies of Saint Francis because I just got a craving. I wanted to know all there is to know about this epic saint. I read three biographies on St. Francis. GK Chesterton had one which was on the shorter side, and focused on deep themes and areas where no doubt Chesterton was most interested in. This was the most profound. Then I read one by Johannes Jorgensen, which was loaded with detailed information and quotes. Others have called it superficial, but I found it thorough. It was also chronological. St. Bonaventure's version is a balance and mix of the first two. Each chapter touches on on a theme, a different aspects of St. Francis's qualities, whether it's his humility, charity, mortifications, etc. And by organizingthe book in that manner, I think St. Bonaventure was able to really encapsulate the big important aspects of St. Francis for us to know and understand him by. This is also the easiest read of the three books, in that it wasn't dry like Jorgensen's book, and it wasn't so deep as Chesterton's, which made you have to literally stop reading sometimes to contemplate about what Chesterton was saying.