For more information, you might find the following books and websites to be helpful.
This book explores how to find our true selves, the person that God created us to be and in doing so discover the path to happiness, peace and personal holiness.
A poetic and insightful book, similar to Francis: The Journey and the Dream. This book delves into the life and thoughts of Saint Clare along with her relationship with St. Francis.
Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo
This book explores the life of Francis as well as Franciscan spirituality. “Bodo has a wonderful way of expressing the poetic heart of Francis through his own poetry. A must read for anyone interested in Saint Francis of Assisi.”
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
The author shares his personal life stories from his own vocation journey. The very word vocation implies both voice and calling, and through this book, Palmer explains how to stop and listen to life around us – the world, others and even ourselves.
The author shares his love for the saints who have been an inspiration to him; he makes the saints come alive as friends and companions helping us find our way through life.
Works for both prayer and reflection individually or in groups.
Works for both prayer and reflection individually or in groups. “Each of the fifteen meditations invites readers into the story of Francis, his thoughts and feelings about important life themes, and suggests ways in which to reflect on and pray about their own life.”
The author imagines the life of St. Francis of Assisi in the form of short, vivid scenes. Through poverty and a love of all creation, especially animals, Francis’ life unfolds. Martin interprets these main events in Francis’ life.
A scholarly book discussing Clare of Assisi’s life, journey and how she played a pivotal role in the life of Francis of Assisi as his friend, disciple and co-worker.
Catholics on Call assists young adults with reflecting on God’s call. Through their website and the programs they offer, you can learn more about opportunities for service in the Church and how God might be calling you.
“You’ll meet people of all ages, spiritual persuasions, and cultures, offering diverse perspectives to nurture our own lives and relationships with God.”
An outreach of Paulist Young Adult Ministries that provides feature stories, reviews, interviews, commentaries, discussions and connections to retreat, worship and service opportunities.
This site has loads of helpful resources to use for spiritual growth from praying with the Gospel readings and an on-line retreat to recipes for meatless meals during Lent.
This site has daily readings with guided meditations for the weekdays. The audio can be downloaded or listened to online.
This new website from National Catholic Reporter tells the stories of women religious around the world.
The National Religious Vocation Conference is a professional organization of vocation ministers that presents religious life as a viable option in the Catholic Church. NRVC promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth.
This link to the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) will take you to the Executive Summary for Today’s Catholic Sisters – a summary of a series of gatherings held to provide a greater awareness and understanding about women religious among a variety of audiences.