The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements

The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements

The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements

The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements

Synopsis

This brief volume discusses several of the central elements of human person as found in those works of the Franciscan theological tradition which, when taken together, most sufficiently describe these qualities. As the tradition developed over the years, the intuitions and insights of St., Francis and St. Claire of Assisi concerning the human person were developed and/or restated in language better understood by the people of a particular era. Two of the most famous early Franciscan theologians, Bonaventure and John Duns Scotus, did just that. This volume will, by drawing on the wisdom on the Franciscan tradition, contribute in a similar way to an understanding of the human person today

Excerpt

On behalf of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT), I present to you with great pleasure this third volume of The Franciscan Heritage Series–The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements by Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F. The purpose of this volume, building on the reflections on the foundational themes of the first two volumes, is to elucidate in greater detail the theology of the human person as a starting point for contemporary belief and practice. The centrality in our faith tradition of the relationship between the Creator and all of creation and the reflection of the Trinity’s glory in everything that is, so fundamental to the spiritual vision of Francis and Clare, is now undergoing a renaissance in our twenty-first century world. The present volume provides a fine stimulus for further reflection in this most important area, which addresses the issues of human dignity, divine and human mediation, freedom, mutuality and ethics.

Dr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F., a sister of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota, is presently teaching at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, as Assistant Professor of Ethics and Director of the Master of Divinity Program. Having written extensively on the ethical category of mutuality in John Duns Scotus and edited a volume on Franciscans and the environment, she is eminently qualified to render a well founded but contemporary account of major themes in the Franciscan understanding of the person. It is our hope that readers will take this short work and, with careful and thoughtful study, perhaps under the guidance of a mentor, begin to plumb the spiritual depths of our inheritance and comprehend the important uniqueness of its intellectual expression. Through reflection, prayer, conversation and action, may we also explore these theological themes and find ways to express them in preaching, pastoral practice, the works of evangelization and community formation with friars, sisters and laity. Each chapter of the present volume contains some summary statements, and the whole concludes with questions which will aid in this process.

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