Dominicana Blog is happy to offer this audio recording of “St. Francis of Assisi: The Poor and Happy Way of the Cross.” It is the first installment of a four-part series of Lenten Conferences, given at the Dominican House of Studies.
During Lent, we look to the cross that was wielded by Christ, especially through the eyes of four different saints in this Year of Consecrated Life. St. Teresa of Avila once remarked that the cross is the gift that Christ gives to his friends. These four witnesses – St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine de Ricci, St. Benedict Joseph Labre, and St. John of the Cross – were certainly friends of God. They were saints, and each of was given the gift of following the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience in his or her own way. Their lives are four paths that ultimately converged on the cross.
Listen to all the Dominican Lenten Conferences here.
Image: Giotto, St. Francis