By Kenneth Baxter Wolf
Saint Francis of Assisi is arguably the main appealing saint ever produced via the Catholic Church. The surprisingly excessive regard with which he's held has served to insulate him from any actual feedback of the type of sanctity that he embodied: sanctity dependent at the start on his planned pursuit of poverty. during this booklet, Kenneth Baxter Wolf takes a clean examine Francis and the assumption of voluntary poverty as a foundation for Christian perfection. Wolf's aspect of departure is a sequence of straightforward yet hitherto unasked questions about the right nature of Francis's poverty: How did he move approximately reworking himself from a wealthy guy to a negative one? How winning used to be this alteration? How did his self-imposed poverty examine to the involuntary poverty of these he met in and round Assisi? What did bad humans of this sort get out in their touch with Francis? What did Francis get out of his touch with them? Wolf unearths that whereas Francis's belief of poverty as a non secular self-discipline can have opened the door to salvation for filthy rich Christians like himself, it successfully precluded the concept the negative may perhaps use their very own involuntary poverty as a route to heaven. in response to a radical reconsideration of the earliest biographies of the saint, in addition to Francis's personal writings, Wolf's paintings sheds vital new mild at the inherent ironies of poverty as a religious self-discipline and its courting to poverty as a socio-economic disorder.
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