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Reading the Book of Life

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Author: Elizabeth Ruth Obbard

The Life and Teachings of St Angela of Foligno for Everyone

 

Angela of Foligno, a well-off, wife and mother, was first attracted by the Franciscan ideal of poverty.  Losing in a short time mother, husband and children, she wondered how someone as worldly as she could be part of the great new Franciscan Order that was nurturing so much holiness around her.

When at a certain moment she deeply understood that she was loved by God, accepted as she was and forgiven, she was able to respond with love. To her, Christ became a Living Book. She ‘reads’ him with loving attention and describes with immediacy and verve their growing relationship.

In this edited selection from the Angela’s writings, Ruth Obbard has rendered into direct speech the voice of a woman from the thirteenth century, robust and passionate, constantly open to fresh perspectives. She remained a lay woman, living as a Franciscan Tertiary, and her life helped to develop the Order’s identity in its early years.

ISBN: 9781905039364 – PB – pp 112

 

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