Alicia von Stamwitz (Ramírez de Arellano) is an award-winning writer and longtime editor with the religious press. She currently works with Franciscan Media as a contract book acquisitions editor. Her freelance essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Sun, America, The United Church Observer, and St. Anthony Messenger. Her exclusive interviews and profiles of today's most influential spiritual leaders are published internationally. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and now lives in Missouri with her family.
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"All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty..." —Pope Francis
Since his inaugural Mass in March 2013, Pope Francis has frequently reminded a global audience that care for creation is among his highest priorities.
In June 2015, he released his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You), addressing it to “every person living on this planet.” Named after a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi, the encyclical pairs religious insights with scientific facts to spotlight the gravity of the environmental crisis.
As a world leader with a background in science who heads a two thousand-year-old Church, the pope is uniquely qualified to articulate a compelling vision and mission for the future. The writings, homilies, prayers, talks, and even tweets of Pope Francis in this book gather his most important and inspiring words about our shared responsibility to protect, nurture, and care for “our common home.”
The planet is in peril, the pope is telling us, along with the well being of the poor who depend on the earth’s natural resources. He chastises world leaders and challenges ordinary people, reminding us that our foolish actions and careless decisions are placing lives at risk. He decries our current assaults on the natural environment and warns of the consequences of climate change.
Still, Pope Francis’s message is always ultimately one of hope. In Caring for Creation, Pope Francis’s words reveal that he believes we can move towards a new kind of conversion—a higher level of consciousness, action, and advocacy that will spark “a bold cultural revolution.”
“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
Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the pope's uplifting and challenging words on Franciscan ideals such as simplicity, humility, forgiveness, joy, compassion, peacemaking, and care for creation. The most inspiring quotes from his 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 rediscover the gospel and renew your faith.
Praise for THE SPIRIT OF SAINT FRANCIS
"These words of Pope Francis demonstrate why he is becoming such a life-changing, church-changing, and world changing leader...I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration, vision, and spiritual guidance."
—Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and bestselling author
"A rich, quiet, assured book...deeply consoling and religiously invigorating."
—Phyllis Tickle, author and former religion editor with Publishers Weekly
"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, humanitarian, founder of L’Arche International
"This book will be treasured in the years to come as a remembrance of the first year of Pope Francis’s papacy and the transformation his deep understanding of the Gospel is bringing to the people of God."
—Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., author of The Holy Longing