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 and foreign rights manager. 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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Live interview with spiritual writer Ron Rolheiser at Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2017
When Jorge Bergoglio was a young Jesuit, he wrote a statement of his personal beliefs. It began, “I want to believe in God the Father who loves me like a child, and in Jesus, the Lord who infused my life with His Spirit, to make me smile and so carry me to the eternal Kingdom of life.”
The elements of this credo inspired the selection and arrangement of the reflections gathered here: Pope Francis’s thoughts on love for God and each other, and most importantly God’s love for us. Here are his most intimate thoughts about the purpose and promise of love, “the greatest power for the transformation of reality.”
Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of your spiritual journey, may Pope Francis’s words open your eyes to true love: the kind of love that will never end.
“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
"I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration, vision, and spiritual guidance."
—Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and bestselling author
"This little book...will help many to rediscover the gospel message for today."
—Jean Vanier, humanitarian, founder of L’Arche International
"A rich, quiet, assured book....both more deeply consoling and more religiously invigorating than I can even begin to say."
—Phyllis Tickle, author and former religion editor with Publishers Weekly
"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