This evening on the life of St Francis will evoke the joy and passion of one who has been called “the greatest genius of Christianity”. St Francis inspired more art than any other saint in history, he however was committed to complete poverty. He developed a mysticism of poverty and a new way of imitating the humanity of Christ. His mysticism culminated in an intensely physical sense of God’s presence. His Canticle of Creation celebrates that presence in all things. We will also spend time reflecting on his companion, St Clare, the first woman to found a religious order, and a mystic in her own right.
Stefan Gillow Reynolds is Retreat Director at Mount Melleray Abbey, Co Waterford, Ireland. He has a PhD from London University in Christian Spirituality and two MA’s in History of Christianity and in Inter-Religious Dialogue.
He is the author of Living with the Mind of Christ : Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality (DLT, 2016) and The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs (Hikari, 2018). He teaches Christian Meditation and is author of the online Roots of Christian Mysticism Course.www.theschoolofmeditation.org