Caring for peace according to St. Francis of Assisi Cover Image

Troska o pokój według św. Franciszka z Asyżu
Caring for peace according to St. Francis of Assisi

Author(s): Andrzej Zając
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Politics and religion, 13th to 14th Centuries, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie
Keywords: St. Francis of Assisi; peace; the inner peace; prudence; gentleness;

Summary/Abstract: Francis starting from the personal experience of social and political unrest, wanted and wished all “real peace of heaven”. He attached great importance to the greeting he had used himself and as well as his brothers: “May the Lord give you a peace”. The fraternity which has raised around him, he used to see in perspective of peace mission. Thus he encouraged his brothers to behave peace and to carry it to others. It should be their attitude during all forms of evangelization. External testimony of an attitude of peace towards others should flow from the inner peace of the heart. The attitude of inner and outer peace is on the one hand to follow Jesus, on the other opening to the spiritual gift of peace. In his peace mission Francis paid particular attention to the prudence and gentleness in the relationship and dialogue with others. He saw his mission as a share in the work of God, to which refer his all life experiences. To follow peace above all was for him a spiritual experience and an opportunity to meet God. He knew that God makes a man able to love and mercy, without which there is no peace.

  • Issue Year: 18/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 61-73
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish