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 made care for creation among his highest priorities. As a world leader with a background in science who heads a two thousand-year-old Church, he is uniquely qualified to speak of our shared responsibility to protect and care for “our common home.” The planet is in peril, he says, along with the well being of the poor who depend on the earth’s natural resources. But the pope believes awareness, action and advocacy can spark “a bold cultural revolution.”
Advance Praise for THE SPIRIT OF SAINT FRANCIS
"It is impossible to overstate the power of the Pope's words on creation and its care, in the landmark Laudato Si' and elsewhere. As this volume illustrates, he has put the full power of his papacy behind the most crucial challenge we've ever faced: slowing the ongoing and horrific overheating of the planet we were given to care for."
—Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, founder 350.org
“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., speaker and author of The Holy Longing