Prof. dr. Timothy Johnson (St. Augustine)

Only the Embrace of Sacred Poverty Delighted Them: Bodies, Possessions, and Franciscan TheologiesThe recent discovery of Thomas of Celano’s Life of Our Blessed Father Francis (LOBFF) has undoubtedly renewed interest in the compelling story of the Poor Man of Assisi. In addition, as a text presented in response to the personal request of Brother Elias, it offers a unique insight into the nascent theology of the friars. The dangerous memory of Francis’s own experience of poverty, reframed and reclaimed in the Life of Our Blessed Francis, continued to challenge both the theory and practice of the friars. This essay addresses how selected theologians treated the ideal of poverty at the nexus of bodies and possessions.


Prof.dr. T.J. Johnson
Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion, Flagler College
Chair of the Research Advisory Council of the Franciscan Institute,
Saint Bonaventure University