The Wisdom of the Poor One of Assisi

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Returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, St. Francis finds the order of humble friars, which he had founded, has grown so tremendously that now over 6,000 monks consider themselves "Franciscans."
But St. Francis is appalled to find that with this apparent success came a total rejection of his original vision which this thriving community of friars regarded as outmoded and unsuited for their current needs. When he remonstrates, they suggest that if Francis cannot adapt to the new rules and regulations, perhaps he should go elsewhere.
Rejected by the order which he founded and despondent that the vision he felt God gave him is being scorned, Francis withdraws to a mountain hermitage with his beloved Brother Leo. There in a Spartan cave during a long winter of the soul Francis arrives at new insights into what God requires of those who would follow Christ.
This heartening story brings comfort to all who have faced loss or failure and feel that God is no longer smiling with favor on them. Trudging the paths with St. Francis, one comes to a flowering spring filled with new insights on what is required of those who would call themselves "Christians."

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A Franciscan historian who has written extensively about St. Francis and the Franciscan movement.

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Leaving the dusty road and the broiling sun under which they had trudged for hours, Brother Francis and Brother Leo followed a narrow path which led through the woods toward the mountain. They proceeded painfully for both were weary. Their heavy robes of brown sackcloth had been unbearably warm in the full sun and now--how they did welcome the shadows which fell from the beech trees and the oaks!
The narrow ravine rose sharply and their awareness of every step was intensified by the rough pebbles under their bare feet.
At one point where the slope became quite steep, Francis stopped and sighed. His companion, a few feet ahead, stopped too, and turning toward him asked in a voice filled with respect and affection, "Shall we rest here for a moment, Father?"

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