Murphy discusses Francis almost sacramental view of creation, and how the great saint saw nature, including not only the birds and the flowers, but also the rocks, fire, and even death, as kin. Murphy writes of the Franciscan vision: Creation becomes more than something to merely master, as it enunciates the masterly artistry of God. He turns to the words of Pope Francis, warning that money rather than man has become the lord of the world, even though we are supposed to be the stewards of nature and use it for the benefit of all while protecting creation. Owing to their preoccupation with a Franciscan spirituality for today, both books are rather thin on historical details surrounding St. Francis. The authors present him as floating in a kind of bubble, only connected to his historical circumstances and people through the vignettes offered, such as when the saint embraces a leper, or when he accepts Clare of Assisi by cutting off her hair and helping her to establish a parallel order for women. The risk is that, though these books are never intended to be biographies of the saint, without a strong connection to the real Francis and his time, Franciscan spirituality becomes abstracted from the genuine person and the Gospel itself. Perhaps this weakness, common to both, is compensated with the concrete inspirational facts and words from the life and spirituality of Pope Francis, as they both succeed in showing the greatness of this most humble man and his strong connections to people.
Books present correlations between St. Francis and his papal namesake – Catholic Philly