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  1. Understanding Franciscan Spirituality Part 1 A Relationship with God

  2. Opening Prayer To the Blessed Trinity

  3. + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

  4. Side 1 -- O infinite Trinity, We sing of your glory in this prayer Because of Jesus, your beloved Son, you have raised us to be your own daughters and sons, And in our hearts, you have made your dwelling All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen

  5. Side 2 -- Eternal beyond time, The fountain of life that never dies, All creation comes form you and also returns In a never-ending stream of love. All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen

  6. All -- We give our praise to you, O most sweet and blessed Trinity Who always flows forth and always flows back In the calm sea of your own overflowing and dynamic love. ALL: Through Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father. Amen

  7. Wisdom 13:1-3 For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his works; 2 but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air, or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water, or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world. 3 If through delight in the beauty of these things men assumed them to be gods, let them know how much better than these is their Lord, for the author of beauty created them. The Revised Standard Version. 1971 (Wis 13:1-3). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

  8. Trinitarian prayer Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Through Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father

  9. Starting discussion questions • Why did Jesus become human (Incarnate) • Would Jesus have come if there were no original sin?

  10. A Relationship with God • Spirituality • based on one’s unique experience of God • my particular way of picturing God • fed by intimate and personal contact with God

  11. Francis – theologian of God’s experience • Not a trained theologian • Vernacular theologian (in the common peoples language and range of experience) • A theology based on lived experience

  12. Francis – Trinitarian Man • Francis yearns for relationship with the Father • Wants to be loved by the Father as Jesus is loved • Sees Jesus as elder brother who leads us to the father

  13. The Father is his goal • Francis understanding of his own unworthiness causes him to desire the loving Father even more • Sees God as Trinity and Unity

  14. Theology of Francis • Trinitarian communion – which will become the model for Francis’ Order - structured as Fraternity – to mirror the love within the Trinity • Also based on the Primacy of the Father

  15. The Father • supreme goodness • Unbegotten source • Total giving-ness – generativity/fecundity • 2 modes of emanation • Intellect – Beloved Son • Will – Spirit = freedom’s choice to Love

  16. Central place within the Trinity is the Father • Francis calls himself brother & refuses to be called father • Place of Father is reserved for God

  17. Christology of Francis • Based in the mystery of trinity • Jesus is beloved Son • Descends from the bosom of the Father • Reveals to us the Father and reality that God is Love

  18. Intellect Beloved Son • Exemplar - makes visible the ideas, thoughts, actions [mind] of the Father • “. . if you see me, you see the Father” • our elder brother Eternal Word • Begotten • Perfect receiver and reflector of God • All God is expressed in the Son • Both receives and produces [spiration]

  19. Imitation of the Son comes from the desire to be loved by the Father as Jesus was loved • Jesus becomes our elder brother • Shows us a God of humility and poverty • A servant God

  20. Names • Jesus reveals to us God’s name ABBA • The Father reveals Jesus name BELOVED SON

  21. Holy Spirit • Only being filled with the Holy Spirit of God, can we: • Imitate Jesus • And become one with the Father

  22. Will of God – Holy Spirit • Spirated from both Father & Son • Total receptivity • Receptive not productive • Mutual bond between Father & Son • The expression of God’s will • LOVE • choice made in absolute freedom