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Prayer In The Life Of Saint Francis By Thomas Of Celano

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To shape his vision of Francis, Thomas of Celano, as a hagiographer, moves with multiple theological and literary currents, old and new. To do this, he employs four different movements or sections in his text. In the first narrative Francis is presented so "that of conversion to God he might be an example"; and in second Francis is the preacher. Thirdly, Francis approaching his death during last two years of his life is presented as one who "had just been taken down from the cross". In last section, Francis is celebrated and canonized by the church on earth as he "stands by the throne of God" in glory. Each of these four sections or movements within the text of The Life of Saint Francis reveals four diverse approaches to prayer. These four approaches to prayer are: prayer and conversion, prayer and mission, prayer and transformation, and prayer and the church.

Keywords: Francis's prayer; The Life of Saint Francis; Thomas of Celano

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