The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving Islamic neighbors even as his church and state waged war on them.Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his friends and neighbors in the new monastic community of Little Flowers in urban Winnipeg likewise heard Jesus' message and ordered their lives around it. This book is Jamie's field report, offering surprising insights about what life together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers us, and what it demands of us.The sermon still rings out today, offering perplexing encouragement and at times daunting challenges to us and our neighbors. Will you hear what Jesus has to say?

Author Biography

Jamie Arpin-Ricci, C.J., is a part of an Anglican lay order in the Franciscan tradition. He leads Little Flowers Community in urban Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his wife, Kim.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Setting the Stagep. 23
Blessed Are the Poor in Spiritp. 33
Blessed Are the Mourners and the Meekp. 52
Blessed Are the Justice Cravers, the Merciful and the Pure in Heartp. 65
Blessed Are the Peacemakers and the Persecutedp. 84
Of Salt, Light and the Lawp. 96
Oaths, Eyes and Enemiesp. 113
Hiding in Plain Sightp. 126
The Disciple's Prayerp. 142
A Confident Kingdomp. 165
From Judgment to Humilityp. 178
Gates and Fruitp. 194
Conclusion: The Wise Builder (or "Go and Do Likewise")p. 208
Notesp. 221
Recommended Readingp. 226
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Discussion Guidep. 231
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