Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Poor
St. Francis holds a special place for our family. Kathy and I used the Prayer of St. Francis as part of our wedding ceremony. As well, the Prayer has been part of funerals in my family.
St. Francis is the patron saint of the poor. I think we are judged on how we help those with the least in our world. In some ways, they have the more than the billionaires and politicians who take from them daily.
In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms.
I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders.
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I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry.
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The Prayer of St. Francis is one that has touched my heart from the first time I heard it. “Make me an instrument of thy peace” is certainly a good goal for our lives.
It is a wonderful goal.
Thank you for this post. Yes, the prayer of St. Francis is great, and i think the Pope which has choosen his name will be the new sun for the church (hopefully). However the last personal changes are giving hope. 😉 Have a nice sunday. 😉 Michael
Take care an enjoy Michael. I agree about the pope. I enjoy his teachings.
Thank you very much. I try to taking care. Hope pope Francis has enough power to proceed. Michael