The Saint and the Pope: What the Spirituality of Two Men Named Francis Can Teach Us about Christian Living

Podcast-style audio & video course - 18 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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The Saint and the Pope: What the Spirituality of Two Men Named Francis Can Teach Us about Christian Living

Podcast-style audio & video course - 18 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
(2 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Explore the spirituality of two pillars of Christian living.

Both St. Francis and Pope Francis have captured the attention of the world, the former for centuries and the latter since his election as Bishop of Rome. Now, in this 18-lecture course, you will explore the rich spiritual tradition of Francis of Assisi and the work of Pope Francis. You will give special attention to four themes: prayer, evangelical poverty, mercy, and creation.

In addition to learning about the life, writings, and teachings of these two inspiring men, you will discover how these themes provide a model of Christian living in the modern world. Under the guidance of Franciscan theologian Fr. Daniel P. Horan, you will gain an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Franciscan tradition and the ways in which St. Francis’ example have inspired a Jesuit pope in th

Audio Sample:

Explore the spirituality of two pillars of Christian living.

Both St. Francis and Pope Francis have captured the attention of the world, the former for centuries and the latter since his election as Bishop of Rome. Now, in this 18-lecture course, you will explore the rich spiritual tradition of Francis of Assisi and the work of Pope Francis. You will give special attention to four themes: prayer, evangelical poverty, mercy, and creation.

In addition to learning about the life, writings, and teachings of these two inspiring men, you will discover how these themes provide a model of Christian living in the modern world. Under the guidance of Franciscan theologian Fr. Daniel P. Horan, you will gain an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Franciscan tradition and the ways in which St. Francis’ example have inspired a Jesuit pope in the twenty-first century.

You will explore the profound Franciscan experiences of the practice of Christian prayer, the unmitigated embrace of evangelical poverty, the emulation of divine mercy when encountering all women and men, and a kinship with all of God’s creatures. These key Franciscan spiritual themes were on the forefront of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s mind when he took the papal name Francis. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Pope Francis has emulated them in his homilies, public addresses, interviews, prayers, Apostolic Exhortation, and Encyclical Letters.

Let these two men named Francis guide your spirituality today.

*Photo of Pope Francis by Agência Brasil/Tânia Rêgo/ABr. CC BY Brazil 3.0

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Fr. Daniel Horan, O.F.M., is an award-winning author and professor, a columnist for America magazine, and a visiting scholar of systematic theology and spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A Franciscan friar, he holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College. He has previously taught at St. Bonaventure University, Siena College, and the Boston College School of Theology. He is a frequent lecturer and retreat director across North America and Europe. Fr. Horan is the former Catholic Chaplain at Babson College and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society.
Fr. Horan is the author of books that include The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014); God Is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (Franciscan Media, 2016); Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014); Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Theology and Spirituality in the Modern World (Tau Publishing, 2012); Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (Franciscan Media, 2013); and The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering (St. Anthony Messenger, 2012). The author of more than one hundred scholarly and popular articles, Fr. Horan has published in journals that include Theological Studies, New Blackfriars, The Heythrop Journal, Worship, and Cistercian Studies Quarterly.
Praise for Dan Horan
“Dan Horan is blessed with that rare combination of an engaging and accessible teaching style merged with deep learning and academic insight. His listeners and readers always learn something new. They will also discover that Fr. Horan has not only enlightened their minds, but enriched their spirituality, too.” – Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., Kean University
“Fr. Daniel Horan brings a new creativity and freshness to the world of theology. His presentations on Pope Francis and Francis of Assisi are both informative and inspiring. His serious scholarship is enhanced by his gift for presenting his material in an engaging and profound way.” – Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., Sacred Heart University
“Dan Horan, theologian, sees and evaluates the Merton legacy—in the context of Merton’s substantive religious thought—with imagination and verve. Dan Horan, the friar, complements this reading of Merton with a sensibility nurtured by a spiritual tradition in Catholicism that had special appeal to Merton—the Franciscan. The listener will benefit from both perspectives in this lively and engaging series.” – Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought, Sacred Heart University, and a biographer and Thomas Merton scholar.

  • The “Foolishness” of Faith
  • The Foundations of Franciscan Prayer
  • The Two Pillars of Franciscan Prayer
  • Pope Francis and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Part I
  • Pope Francis and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Part II
  • The Many Meanings of “Poverty”
  • The Spirituality of Franciscan Poverty
  • Christ the Model of Evangelical Poverty
  • The Goal and Purpose of Evangelical Poverty
  • How St. Francis Discovered Mercy
  • Mercy in the Writings of St. Francis
  • Pope Francis: Changed by Mercy
  • Mercy is the Greatest Virtue
  • Introducing Christian Approaches to Creation
  • St. Francis and the Kinship of Creation
  • The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
  • Key Themes of Laudato Si
  • Conclusion: Walking in the Footprints of Francis

2 reviews for The Saint and the Pope: What the Spirituality of Two Men Named Francis Can Teach Us about Christian Living

  1. Helen C. NY

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    Compared St Francis and Pope Francis in a way that was easy to understand and relevant for today

  2. Helen C., NY

    2018 Spring Survey

    The course shows how Pope Francis brings to life today the spiritual tradition of St Francis in prayer, poverty, mercy and creation. I especially liked the topic of St Francis’ kinship with all creation which is a model needed for Christians today.

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