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Some mysteries of our faith can only be experienced. God has touched some people in a special way so they are able to tell us deeper and more holy things about God and ourselves. We call them mystics. Mystics experience God’s presence in very tangible and sometimes graphic ways. Their experiences confirm Christians’ belief that we truly are temples of the living God. Through these remarkable 12 lectures by leading Franciscan intellectual and poet Fr. Murray Bodo, you will unlock the mysteries of mysticism. Through the original words of 10 mystics, Fr. Murray shows you the nature of the mystical experience and demonstrates the relevance of mystical words and experiences to our Faith. God chose to reveal himself through a variety of people. Intellectuals, poets, hermits, radicals, and even the unwed teenage Mary, were touched by God in a mystical way. You will learn the legacy of these five men and five women mystics. These souls all have God’s revelation in common. His intimate presence to the mystics prove his ongoing communication with us in every age.
Franciscan Prayer: How Saint Francis Prayed
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‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace.’ These words belong to one of the most recognized prayers in the world, ‘A Prayer for Peace.’ Recent custom attributes them to St. Francis, the saint whose legacy leads thousands to pray. Though, it is unlikely that St. Francis authored this popular prayer, the Franciscan tradition of prayer is similarly humble and eloquent.
In this series, Fr. Murray Bodo explores the uniqueness of Franciscan Prayer, as well as its continuity with the Judeo-Christian traditions of prayer. Using the life and prayers of St. Francis, as well as his admonitions and writings on how we are to pray, Fr. Bodo treats the ten movements of Franciscan Prayer.
With Fr. Bodo you will explore how the young St. Francis’s imprisonment and subsequent reversal of his ambition to be a knight led to his becoming an interior person, how he learned that the way to God is the way God came to us in the Incarnation, and how St. Francis’s prayer for identification with the Crucified Christ resulted in the sacred stigmata. Discover the beauty and spirit of Franciscan Prayer through Fr. Bodo’s enriching 12 25-minute lecture course.
Christianity is a mysterious faith. Some of these mysteries can be described with Scripture or doctrine, but others can only be experienced. Those graced with these experiences, these intimate glimpses of God, are called mystics. Murray Bodo’s sensitive guidance leads us into the heart of what these mystics have expressed about God and how their insight can deepen our own experience of the boundless mystery of a loving God. This updated and expanded edition includes new chapters on St. Clare and St. Bonaventure.
Francis: The Journey & The Dream
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This is my first book, written in 1972. It has sold over 200,000 copies and to date has been translated into ten languages. The book is now available from St. Anthony Messenger Press in a handsome hardback 40th Anniversary Edition which includes a new Preface, a Foreword by John Michael Talbot, new material in the text, a bibliography, an author’s interview, and a reader’s guide.
Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, brings to life seven teachings from the life and writings of St. Francis of Assisi in the prayerful, lyrical style his readers will recognize. These seven teachings are both a way and a destination, the way being transformation and the destination being the love of God. St Francis invites us to go on a journey from love through love into love.
The seven teachings outlined here–plus an eighth teaching on love, the teaching behind all teachings–define a spirituality for our own time that anyone can learn to practice in his or her own life, anyone who has an attitude of reverence for others and for the earth and all of nature, and who acknowledges the existence of a higher power that is beyond what one can perceive with the senses.
Francis and Jesus
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"”You are about to be led on a wonderful journey with both Jesus and Francis, by Fr. Murray Bodo, who has earned the right to speak about both of them."—From the foreword by Richard Rohr
In this dramatic telling of the story of Francis’s close connection and relationship with Jesus, we see a multi-dimensional Francis, the ultimate disciple of Jesus. Bodo traces Francis’s life as the saint worked to more perfectly reflect Jesus every day. You’ll learn about Francis the sufferer, the itinerant, the misunderstood while also following his development as a prayer, teacher, and lover and protector of the poor. Francis shows us how to imitate Christ in every age, in every walk of life.
"One of the most moving and thought provoking collections of poetry that I have read for a long time. Murray Bodo has that rare gift of understanding, only too well, the joys and sorrows of our everyday lives. As I read, I began to live with the poet as he himself lives his poetry."—Anne Beresford, poet and author of Collected Poems (1967-2006).
The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan Spirituality for Everyone
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The Way of St. Francis challenges the reader with a renewed understanding of the saint: a Francis who shows us a way of life both stimulating and troubling, who asks us to look again at the possibilities within us and around us, and to whom we turn repeatedly in interpreting our own human experience of God. The Franciscan way helps, transforms and renews us. The book is composed of chapters on ways of letting go, of achieving poverty, simplicity and nonviolence.
Celebrating 800 Years of the Franciscan Way of Life
Tau Publishing, 2009
Includes reflections and readings from: Visions and Revisions, Brother Juniper-God?s Holy Fool and Wounded Angels. Fr. Murray/s historic teaching on the great poet and troubador St. Francis of Assisi is an inspirational and uplifting encounter. His poem, I sit in an upright chair in honor of St. Francis? mother will touch your heart in a way it has never been touched before.
Run time appx. 80 minutes; recorded live at the Historic St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, Arizona.