Hizmet Movement Conference Dreaming for a Better World Dr Edward Shirley

Hizmet Movement Conference

[#HizmetConference | #HizmetMovementConference | #FethullahGulen | #GulenMovementConference]Dreaming for a Better World: Contributions of the Hizmet Movement
IDI – Ottawa (formerly Canadian Institute of Intercultural Dialogue), with the generous support of Carleton’s College of the Humanities, sponsored a symposium on the general theme on contributions of the Hizmet movement towards global peace, education, interfaith and intercultural dialogue. The objective was to explore the appeal, meaning, and impact of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement as exemplifying approaches to education, dialogue, and peace.
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welcome doctor ed with Charlie from San Edwards University
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miss Krista mccormick from presbytery intelligible Cemetery in
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and to doctor James publicity from San Edwards University please welcome
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good you would start
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we have three speakers all from Texas
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the banya records along good
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i three speakers of
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Texas I said the motive power cord too long because it is called in Canada
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a the I during that
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each speaker his 15 minutes and I have the unpleasant task of
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letting them know when these 50 minutes up this is what I was told
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so the first speaker will be professor sure the
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who you are ready made be good he cheered the last station
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and he will speak to us his title is seeking their workplace
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a dialogue with federal acuna and understanding of Sufism
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and Franciscan spirituality Lee
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15 won medals for that is used in many spiritual traditions
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is that a water flowing downhill seeking the Lord
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place but by doing so I
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eroding the mapping in this got me thinking about some of the common themes
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in for two legal I’m so you’re standing is cynicism
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in the spiritual path to sing Francis of Assisi
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enlightenment union with God
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discovering the true self or not attained through
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collection attacks intellectual acuity
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are or forces will the path is
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in the words of things are the cross that nada
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self negation in the Christian tradition this is grounded in Jesus zone teaching
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to take up one’s cross and follow him
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to turn the other cheek to go the extra mile
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those who seek to save themselves he says
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will lose themselves and those who lose themselves
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my say will find themselves saint paul’s letter did
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libyans calls this conoces sell them to you I
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the five pillars reach designed to lead the Muslim
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more and more deeply into submission to God
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from the from the congressional there is no god but God
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and what title is greater than the ego
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to participate in the Hajj were present in King
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approach to comply equally the idea with islam is not merely external practice
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but internal transformation the internal process
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is explored by many Sufi lineages within Islam
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for jewelry line is a contemporary Islamic thinkers teachings are
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influenced
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by Sufi teachings the line Sufism
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is we can say is a type of fulfillment %uh Islam
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it is not it is not but I
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outside Islam but it but it’s takes is right to the center
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in the same way Francis of Assisi never saw his followers
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as leaving the Christian community
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he saw all the common Christian practices is essential
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for his followers I so go on a numerate so many elements
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the Sufi path including self-criticism privacy and solitude
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sadness and sorrow joyful zeal
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asceticism patience dicker
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and openness in contraction for the sake of brevity
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this paper will focus on three of those elements self-criticism
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sadness and sorrow and asceticism verse element of girl on street lamps in
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prison with this paper
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was federal examiners called movers saba
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self-criticism literally
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literally this means I am
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reckoning settling accounts
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himself interrogation similar to what the Christian tradition
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calls examination of conscience or examination of consciousness
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the believer looks at his or her actions thanks God for the good they have done
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and ask forgiveness for their sins with the hope
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in growing in what good one calls one’s personal loyalty to God
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such practices go on says
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is essential to this true spiritual growth for one’s relationship with God
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depends on awareness
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that takes place in his or her in our world
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the practice up self-criticism intellectual and from the heart
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enabling the believer to distinguish between good and evil virtue and Sen
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not only does it remind a believer that soon will be punished but opens
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him or her to the peace in tranquility of cock
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continual practice up self-criticism leads towards
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true spiritual perfection Eve quote evening reviewer words and actions
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center during your
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done during the day or the rule as our morning resolutions
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to avoid says it is to those who so practice
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that the doors of heaven will be thrown open
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the second element of Sufi practice for our discussion
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is a combination I’m sadness and sorrow
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his own this goes beyond
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sorrow for one’s personal sands it’s rather sadness that accompanies a lover
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of God
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in the midst up indifference to the divine
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galan says until the trooper kleinberg the profit seeps into every corner of
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the world
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until the quote sizeof Muslims and other oppressed peoples
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cease until the Divine Will is manifest throughout the world
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there will be tears of sorrow here again galan finds resonance with the Jewish
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and Christian scriptures
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particularly Isaiah who says for the Yoplait burden them
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the poll on their shoulder and the router cast massacres your Spanish
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as on the day of Midian for every booted trampled in battle
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every cloak rolled in blood will be burned
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as for flames this sadness
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golan says is necessary for the spiritual life
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for projects the record from rust into
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decay focuses not only on one’s personal sins
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but is also grounded in the human condition
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it causes the believer to constantly turned to God
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for a deal every activity and has a communal as well as personal dimension
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citing history teacher God sometimes has mercy on the whole nation because
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the weeping I was sad broken-hearted one
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his own purifies the sole and maintains that purity
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the third and final element of guidelines understanding I’m suitors
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from that will explore
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is good asceticism love notes that through
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that though the PERT literal meaning absurd is renounce Asian worldly
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pleasures
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carnal desires pursue trees this is indifference to the worldly appetites
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living in austere life and quote despising the world’s carlo
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and material aspects their two steps in asceticism
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the first is renowned ciation that which is forbidden the second step
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according to call on is to become circumspect and careful
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even in what is allowed one must not become attached
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too good flings this me he notes
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include observations sir Sharia even during times of difficulty
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considering the happiness of others while enjoying the benefit one’s own
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blessing
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or thankfulness for god’s counties he notes that many serving teachers
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regarding
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services some as an action up the inner person
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an indifference to loss or gain praise or criticism
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rather than simply being content with simple food and clothes
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understood in such a way as set a system is not contrary to wealth and power
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so long as the wealthier powerful person can resist being possessed
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by his or her possessions
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in this coupon sites the profit is the prime example
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knowing the true prophets claimants are only reward that which is due from God
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glances reflection on the services in by quoting the fourth
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Imam Ali man exited schism
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admissions but I’m obliterates them
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man’s soul multiplies them but def put San
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into them as Jesus notes
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material wealth is subject to rust decay
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and stepped layup treasures he says
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that thief cannot steal your mock destroy
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for where your treasure is there your heart is also
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now we will turn our attention to the parallel themes in the spiritual leave
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Saint Francis
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frances was no theologian our author other spiritual system
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he was above all a lover of God invited others to share that love
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we do not have time to explore the story in france is in depth below instead
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focus
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on the themes drawn from for to a good lines
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book self-criticism sadness and sorrow
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and asceticism any treatment Francis must begin with one very simple
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statement
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Francis desired above all things to imitate Jesus is fully as possible
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particularly imitating what he saw as the poverty of Jesus
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for Francis poverty go first and foremost
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was first a though that for most material poverty
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Christ lived france is believed to live for poverty
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born in a stable placed in a feeding trough
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where his parents made the sacrifice required by the law
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they offered the alternative go out for the poor
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substituting up Turtledove for the usual am
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Francis Aug jesus’s choice material poverty continuing throughout his life
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the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head
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all the way to the crucifixion where Jesus was stripped naked
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hung on across the Friars we’re not only 20 nothing personally
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they were not to own anything collectively
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however for France’s the voluntary renunciation material goods
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was ultimately to lead to spiritual poverty
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knowing that one was nothing before got
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when one of the Friars experiences be good on a breviary
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the official book prayers for instance replied if the only book you would need
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a shelf
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if he had a Shell 3d the house to put it in and so forth
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if whatever nail lead to loss in the kingdom in the old porn
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for francis ownership with a nail would lead to other state with a stable for
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forces
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while material poverty was not an end in itself Francis all very clearly the
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difficulty being
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tat detach from once goods position in power
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for France’s 39 ciation himself he summed up in one word
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minority or Little Miss
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his Friars were known as the orders order Friars Minor
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the little brothers for this reason frances was keen on self-examination
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urging is friars to be equally vigilant he believed the shadow of power and
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prestige could sneak in very easily without
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this vigilance once when frances was growing undergoing a rather severe
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temptation
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he ran out into the snow and made seven figures the large when he said was his
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wife a small fall
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for I’ll for smaller ones as children two sons and two daughters
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the last year was a servant in May he told himself to her Inc love them for he
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is responsible for their well-being
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quote but if caring for them in so many ways troubles you
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be solicitous for serving God alone
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the devil the account says fled and same France’s returned your cell praising God
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when he discovered later that another friar had witnessed this he ordered him
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not to tell
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till after frances was dead when he didn’t need was
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for stories about heroic sanctity to lead to even greater temptations
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he was known to admonish people do not canonize me yet
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I can still father children
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there are multitudes are instances that indicate that France’s would weep for
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his sins
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which irritated is already disease size
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one should not reduce as it Francis new no joy
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he was known to play when I call careful
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I’m put two sticks together in dance around
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however given that many think today a Francis simply as
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early birdbath in the garden it’s important to remember this notion have
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weeping for once since one account stands out regarding
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France’s conviction that sorrow was necessary for any spiritual growth
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the story is that Francis and brother Leo were traveling to a friary one day
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they were trudging through the snow
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and Francis said brother Leo do you know what perfect joy would be
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and friends inch Leo took the bait
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any said know what would be perfect joy
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and France’s them said went through a series of
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if if if everybody listen to the Friars are observed prior could
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commit you know perform miracles in all this this would not be perfect joy
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if we get to the place where we’re going and the brother keeps the door
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looks at us he sees us all muddy and snowing says
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I don’t believe years you are who you say you r go to the back
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get out of here you’re nothing but you know common themes
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he says because he is seen as for what we truly are
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if we could be joyful in that situation
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that would be perfect joy
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one-time brother Leo ask for answers for a blessing
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France’s rode out the following may love Lord bless you and keep you
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me is shows space to you in the merciful to you Mayes turner’s cotton’s to you
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and give you peace
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may the Lord bless you brother Leo
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now the first quarter that’s from the book numbers which was one of France’s
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favorite passages
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I’m but the way he wrote it was with a towel cross which is the symbol
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franciscans
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in the towel is I T and if you read it
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as a T it says something more like a
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will show you weep and so did many scholars believe that frances was
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telling Leo
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that the blessing would come through sorrow
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its there many other parallels between for to a glance understanding of Sufism
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and the Christian spiritual path from Saint Francis of Assisi
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girls include fluctuations have joy and sorrow
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parallels in practices such as sicker and singing the divine pro
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traces parallels for times and prayer fasting and pilgrimage
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all this would be fodder for further study
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it’s my hope that this short paper has begun to scratch the service
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what can be a fruitful dialogue between to
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very great mystical traditions i win by citing
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the famous preserve Saint Francis which is not written by Frances at all
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but kind of summarizes his spirituality
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and I believe that for too long ago on would appreciate his words
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borders in giving that we receive
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it is in pardoning that we are pardoned Anders and dying
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that we are born to eternal life thank you

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