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
"In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis shows how we need to listen, observe and engage everything that makes up our common home, not only with the intelligence of the market, profit and gains; but also with the intelligence of the heart, solidarity, compassion and care, especially towards the weak and poor.”
— Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican
"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
"These words, this message, this prophetic call from Pope Francis are deeply inspiring and worth our reflection and serious consideration. I want to hear this message fully and take it to heart, and I urge others to do so, too, that we might all do what we can to help end environmental destruction and create a more nonviolent world."
— Rev. John Dear, author, activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, co-founder CampaignNonviolence.org
"Meditate with Pope Francis on human dignity and the common good - what he calls 'integral human ecology.' Rejecting a 'throw-away' attitude that only destroys, Pope Francis begins with praise to God our Creator (Laudato Si') for the precious gift of each person and all creation. With humble joy, we seek to follow his call to cherish every person and the earth we call home."
— Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"This presentation of the inspiring words of Pope Francis on the gift of creation and our abiding responsibility to care for and cultivate our common home is a rich tapestry that weaves together threads from the multiple occasions when he has addressed this priority. By listening to creation, the Creator and one another, we are invited to contemplate and build on the interconnectedness that is the foundation of an integrated ecology."
— Séamus Finn, OMI, Chief of Faith Consistent Investing, OIP Trust; Board Chair of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility; OMI USP JPIC Team
“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
"Francis our pope is revealing through his daily life what Jesus announced and the way he lived. 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
"A rich, quiet, assured book....As a body of selected writings and excerpts, it is both more deeply consoling and more religiously invigorating than I can even begin to say (and this from a life-long Protestant, no less) but this much I do know and can say: the Church Universal has arrived at a new and holier time. Thanks be to God."
—Phyllis Tickle, author and former religion editor with Publishers Weekly
"Editor Alicia von Stamwitz has done a superb job in arranging the messages of Pope Francis in a manner that makes this book easy to use as a resource for prayer and reflection. 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
"Each Angelus address, daily homily, General Audience catechesis and major talk of Pope Francis contains gems of spirituality, pearls of Catholic doctrine and messages of hope for everyone. This little book offers a window onto Francis's Petrine Ministry and a doorway into his heart and mind."
— Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English Language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office
"Pope Francis is always so quotable that the challenge in a collection such as this is making smart choices. Fortunately, Alicia von Stamwitz is a (nearly) infallible guide!"
— John L. Allen Jr., Editor of Crux