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Mercy and Compassion in Francis of Assisi

May, 16 2024 At 23:00 Hours
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Based on contemporary Italian Franciscan studies, this presentation focuses on the theme of mercy and compassion in the writings of Francis of Assisi, especially his Testament, Earlier Rule (1221), and Letter to the Minister. Mercy/compassion is the lens to interpret Francis’ entire life and will be shown to be the epicenter of Franciscan spirituality as revealed by Pietro Maranesi, Pietro Messa, and other Italian scholars.


Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., is an Associate Professor in the Theology Department at the University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota). He has published three recent books: The Glory of Paradise: Risen Life in the Easter Octave Sermons of Bernardino da Siena (Tau Press, 2016), Mary Magdalene in the Medieval Franciscan Spirituality: Beloved Disciple and Apostle of the Apostles (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2022), and Pietro Maranesi, Francis of Assisi: Brother of All, translated and edited by Steven J McMichael (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2023). He is the managing editor for the Medieval Franciscan series published by E. J. Brill.

This Zoom presentation will take place on May 16, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Pacific Time, USA

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