The Gospels were a key focus in the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi. He modeled his life on the life of Jesus Christ, and encouraged his followers to do the same. For Francis, the Gospels were inspiration, guidance, and a rich source of prayer.
In this lively book by noted Scripture scholar Fr. Hilarion Kistner, the Gospels are broken open to blend the teachings of Jesus and Francis in a unique way. In so doing, Kistner looks at four main themes:
- Francis and his love for the Gospel
- the movement of the Spirit through the Gospels
- the heart of the Gospels
- how Francis lived in the Gospel light
The content will be readily grasped by adults with even a minimal understanding of Scripture, and the technique of looking at the gospels from Francis's perspective give these texts a down-to-earth quality that will resonate with readers. The Gospels According to St. Francis
is a spirituality resource that is appropriate for Catholics as well as those of other faiths. The book can be used in small groups and parish faith formation for teens and adults.