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Francis by Joan Mueller
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Sep 05, 10

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Read in September, 2010

This book is a novel, but it is based on extensive historical research and so is very informative as well as interesting because it includes details that are possible only in a novel. The author is a Franciscan scholar and an associate professor of theology and Christian spirituality at Creighton University.

I don't know about the historical accuracy of the following words Mueller puts in Francis' mouth, but they seem to sum up his viewpoint well. At one point Francis says to Bishop Guido of Assisi, "My Lord, if we had possessions, we would also be forced to have arms to protect them. Possessions are the cause of disputes and strife, and in many ways hinder people from loving God and neighbor. We are determined, Bishop Guido, to have no temporal possessions. We want to live in peace" (p. 154).

A Japanese "saint," Nishida Tenko, expressed the same sort of sentiment in these words, "In having nothing lies inexhaustible wealth."

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