The Ecstasies of St. Francis: The Way of Lady Poverty
by John R Haule
In this fascinating account of St. Francis' inner life, John Haule show how Francis relentlessly pursued the most disturbing experiences in life to ... Show synopsis In this fascinating account of St. Francis' inner life, John Haule show how Francis relentlessly pursued the most disturbing experiences in life to achieve higher states of consciousness. Francis embraced poverty and sorrows, cared for lepers and outcasts and begged for his bread. Fascinated by romantic and troubadour literature, Francis took Lady Poverty as his guide in love, walking her path in the world to change it. Since she demanded nothing less than that he change his whole nature, he did so, becoming the beloved saint we know today. Haule tells the story of Francis's life and explores what Francis was going through. He looks at the path of Lady Poverty, revealing what Francis meant by "perfect joy." He shows the erotic element in his practice and then examines Francis's daily practice of prayer and meditation in relation to the states of consciousness he achieved. Haule then reveals the last crisis of Francis's life--the final embrace of God and the world--marked by the vision of the Seraph and the appearance of the stigmata.