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by Leonardo Boff


Saint Francis: A Model for Human Liberation epub

ISBN: 0334020077

ISBN13: 978-0334020073

Author: Leonardo Boff

Category: Spirituality

Language: English

Publisher: SCM-Canterbury Press Ltd (April 1, 1985)

Pages: 192 pages

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Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologian, is one of the original proponents of Latin American liberation theology.

Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologian, is one of the original proponents of Latin American liberation theology. His many books include Praying with Jesus and Mary, The Prayer of Saint Francis and Introducing Liberation Theology. Start reading Francis of Assisi on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Leonardo Boff is attracted to St. Francis since he is a model of what Boff and other liberation theologians are looking for – a way to be inside the Roman Catholic Church, yet one that serves, unites and embraces the poor

Leonardo Boff is attracted to St. Francis since he is a model of what Boff and other liberation theologians are looking for – a way to be inside the Roman Catholic Church, yet one that serves, unites and embraces the poor. He says: The Church carries within itself constant tension; it proclaims what can never be put into practice, the utopia of the kingdom and radical fraternity amoung the people

Francis : A Model for Human Liberation.

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In his new preface Boff observes: "Through his deep humanity Francis of Assisi has become an archetype of the human ideal.

Title: Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation By: Leonardo Boff Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 192 Vendor: Orbis Books Publication Date: 2006. Dimensions: . 5 X . 0 (inches) Weight: 9 ounces ISBN: 1570756805 ISBN-13: 9781570756801 Stock No: WW56804. Publisher's Description. ▲. In this classic work, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff examines the relevance of St. Francis to contemporary spirituality and to the construction of a new church. In his new preface Boff observes: "Through his deep humanity Francis of Assisi has become an archetype of the human ideal. He belongs not only to Christianity but to all humankind.

Other noted exponents include Leonardo Boff of Brazil, Jon . Gustavo Gutiérrez gave the movement its name with his 1971 book, A Theology of Liberation.

Other noted exponents include Leonardo Boff of Brazil, Jon Sobrino of Spain, and Juan Luis Segundo of Uruguay. Liberation theology proposes to fight poverty by addressing its alleged source, the sin of greed. In this book, Gutiérrez combined populist ideas with the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Boff, Leonardo (b. 1938). Chapter · November 2011 with 3 Reads. Cry of the earth, cry of the poor. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis. Saint Francis: A model for human liberation (trans. How we measure 'reads'. Salvation and liberation (trans. Boff, . & Boff, C. (1984).

But he does believe that important connections can be made. Leonardo Boff is attracted to St. Francis since he is a model of what Boff and other liberation theologians are looking for - a way to be inside the Roman Catholic Church, yet one that serves, unites and embraces the poor.

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This is not a biography; it's a commentary and analysis of St. Francis within a psychological, philosophical and theological context. With academic detail, Boff describes Eros (desire of love, passion and compassion), Pathos (affectivity through empathy and sympathy), and Logos (order by rationality and reason). From these concepts he explains at great length the Franciscan dynamic of "gentleness and care".
Boff's St. Francis is neither a reformer nor a revolutionary, rather a man who is intensely charged with love for the crucified Christ. This love is channeled by embracing the poor through the way of poverty and living the words of the Gospel. Boff does this so convincingly that I suspect his analysis of St. Francis is an unconscious account of himself. In spite of all his scholarly research (this book is heavily annotated), Boff comes through as a result of his intuitive knowledge and experiential understanding of poverty. He does not identify his mentor St. Francis of Assisi as an effeminate sissy, but as a fully integrated saint in possesion of strength and compassion.
I would rate this book five stars for content and two stars for readability. It would be much more readable if Boff employed poverty, or economy of words. There are many redundancies in the 157 page book. The vocabulary could be simplified. Some words such as pneumatological, simonious, ecclesiogenesis, and historic-salvific were not in my Webster's II University Dictionary. And there is an abundance of non-translated Latin words and phrases throughout the book; sacerdotium, conversio morum, stabilitas loci, in paupertate altissima et mendicatione humilima, and regio dissimili tudinis.
Leonardo Boff's biography, 'Saint Francis: A Model for Human Liberation', examines Francis of Assisi's selfless and complete devotion to the love of humanity expressed through the love of God. He further develops this into an examination of Franciscan spirituality as it was expressed by Francis, and how it can be incorporated into today's society.
Boff begins his biography with an analysis of the theoretical aspects of making a response to the call of God. Contrasting it to more modern pursuits of a scientific, economic, political or even artistic and socially responsible variety, Boff argues for an unreservedly simple approach to looking at Francis' pattern of life and response to the divine call.
Quoting Bonaventure, he says:
'Franciscan spirituality is Saint Francis. And who is Saint Francis? It is enough to utter his name and everyone knows who he is. Saint Francis was a man of God. And because he was a man of God, he always lived what is essential. And so he was simple, courteous, and gentle with everyone, like God in His mercy.'
Boff distinguishes this kind of gentleness from sentimentality that is often associated with the image of Francis. This was no weak man. This was someone who would be unswervingly gentle, more akin to Gandhi who refused both to submit to evil and to give in to evil in response to evil.
One of Francis' achievements was the creation of a rule of spirituality that could exist in society that included opposition both from within and without the church. However, a rule of spirituality is not supposed to be set of chains, but rather a liberating force. 'Rule is not meant to substitute for life, but rather to give it strength and form.'
There is enormous freedom in making a radical commitment to compassion and gentleness, for it liberates one from other cares. Few of us admittedly can make the complete approach from worldly cares that Francis seemed able to achieve, but learning from various aspects of his life and witness can lead us to a more full spirituality in our own lives.
'He seems to us to be something new and something of the future we are all searching for.... But this feeling does not cause bitterness, because his message contains so much sweetness that the mediocre feel pushed to be good, the good to be perfect, and the perfect to be holy.'
To work to be at one with nature, with the universe in all its diversity, in all its humanity, is the ideal of Franciscan spirituality. Boff captures both a theoretical and a practical aspect in this biography.
I can not believe this book is out of print. If you can find a copy, do so and read it. Boff takes as his subject St. Francis and uses him as a starting point for an exploration of Christianity which will defy much of what you have been taught about the religion. In this book, you can see the tenets of liberation theology in such episodes as the one in which Francis exorts the monks to feed the starving men who have been forced into thievery THEN attempt to save their souls. The chapter about Francis's death, called Integration of the Negative, is a beautiful discussion of a topic dear to the hearts of members of 12 Step Programs--how do you live joyfully in a world in which you have no control and in which death is inevitable? St. Francis's death bed words, "Welcome, Sister Death" will ring true as one man's affirmation of life and all it entails.