Enkindling Love: The Spiritual Journey of St. Francis according to Bonaventure

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Enkindling Love: The Spiritual Journey of St. Francis according to Bonaventure

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
President Siena College
(1 customer review)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Ignite your spirituality with the Franciscan writings of St. Bonaventure.

In the thirteenth century, St. Bonaventure—the great Doctor of the Church, philosopher, and Franciscan friar—composed The Major Legend of St. Francis, a biography of the man he so admired. Perhaps nowhere does the poor man of Assisi’s example of Gospel perfection shine so powerfully as in this groundbreaking work.

Now, with these 12 erudite lectures, you will explore the powerful question posed by Bonaventure in The Major Legend: Do we wish to admire or to imitate Francis, the perfect follower of Christ? You can take no better guide for this journey than Br. Coughlin, O.F.M., an expert on both Francis and Bonaventure. His deep knowledge is matched by his enthusiastic teaching.

You will focus on the many ways Francis’s inner transformation—conversion of mind, heart, and choice—was embodied in a manner of life through which Francis became “a practitioner, a leader and a herald of Gospel perfection.” In each lecture, you will reflect upon his

Ignite your spirituality with the Franciscan writings of St. Bonaventure.

In the thirteenth century, St. Bonaventure—the great Doctor of the Church, philosopher, and Franciscan friar—composed The Major Legend of St. Francis, a biography of the man he so admired. Perhaps nowhere does the poor man of Assisi’s example of Gospel perfection shine so powerfully as in this groundbreaking work.

Now, with these 12 erudite lectures, you will explore the powerful question posed by Bonaventure in The Major Legend: Do we wish to admire or to imitate Francis, the perfect follower of Christ? You can take no better guide for this journey than Br. Coughlin, O.F.M., an expert on both Francis and Bonaventure. His deep knowledge is matched by his enthusiastic teaching.

You will focus on the many ways Francis’s inner transformation—conversion of mind, heart, and choice—was embodied in a manner of life through which Francis became “a practitioner, a leader and a herald of Gospel perfection.” In each lecture, you will reflect upon his example as a pathway to truth and peace.

While the twenty-first century is radically different from the medieval context in which Francis lived, his virtues of humility, right action, and prayerful attentiveness to personal experience are as relevant today as ever. Join St. Francis in leading a life of commitment to Christ today.

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Br. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., is President of Siena College and the former Vice President for Franciscan Mission at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Previously, he served as Director of the Franciscan Institute and as the Secretary of Holy Name Province. Fr. Coughlin earned a Ph.D. from Catholic University in 1975 and an M.A. from Boston College in 1981.
An expert on St. Bonaventure, Br. Coughlin wrote the introduction for, edited, and annotated volume X of the Works of St. Bonaventure: Writings on the Spiritual Life (Franciscan Institute, 2006) and served for a number of years on the editorial Board for the Bonaventure Texts Series. He has written articles for Blessed Ambiguity: Brothers in the Church, Human Development, Review for Religious, The Cord, and New Theology. Br. Coughlin lectures and has done a variety of programs in the areas of human-spiritual formation, spiritual direction, organizational development, and Franciscan spirituality. He has also served as a process and organizational consultant to a variety of religious communities.
“Brother Ed Coughlin, OFM has a unique gift for sharing the Franciscan intellectual tradition in a scholarly, yet totally accessible, manner. An engaging writer and presenter who brings primary texts into lively dialogue with 21st century questions and challenges, Brother Ed touches the imagination, mind and heart and invites the reader or listener to discover practical ways to live the wisdom of the Franciscan tradition.”– Patricia Hutchison, OSF, Ed.D., Director of Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, Neumann University

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1 review for Enkindling Love: The Spiritual Journey of St. Francis according to Bonaventure

  1. Sr. Patricia

    Very clear explanations.

    I never knew that the Life of St. Francis written by St. Bonaventure was arranged to give examples of virtues in the Saint’s life. Brother Coughlin gives very clear explanations of the chapters in this famous book and the history behind its writing.

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