Valokuvaaja: Jussi Vierimaa (www.jussivierimaa.com)The heart of Gospel life is relationship. Therefore, the centerpiece of Franciscan life is relationship. One reason that I believe the Franciscan tradition has lasted so long as a source of spiritual inspiration is the universal appeal it affords people. The gospel message of relationality, modeled after God’s own example through the Incarnation, is embodied in the way Francis and Clare lived their baptismal commitments. And this shines through their writings and heritage. Their example continues to offer a source of reflection and a directive path for us today.

Although the times have significantly changed from thirteenth-century Europe to a technologically saturated, increasingly globalized, and unavoidably pluralistic world, the human condition remains strikingly unchanged. Our human brokenness and sin continues to affect our outlook and daily encounters, but that intrinsic capacity to desire and know God also remains.

—from Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012).

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