I want to invite everyone to join me this coming Thursday December 6th at 4pm EST as I do a live webcam interview with Lance Ford on Shapevine.com to talk about my book Chasing Francis. The book has gotten a lot of coverage lately (I've done around 15 radio interviews in the past 4 weeks and its getting more and more reviews in the press and on blogs) for which I am very grateful!
I continue to believe that Francis is the follower of Jesus we all want to believe its possible to become. His rejection of hyper-consumerism, his compassionate identification with the poor and marginalized, his emphasis on peacemaking as a way of life (especially with Muslims!), his use of the arts (poetry and street art) as a focal point of his ministry, his revolutionary vision of the created order and environmentalism, and so much more, make him an exemplar the postmodern church would be wise to revisit.
I was listening to a CD of Fr. Ronald Rolheiser teaching at a conference alongside Fr Richard Rohr yesterday. When an audience member asked Rolheiser what the Church needed today to restore people's confidence in the message of Jesus Rolheiser replied that more than anything we need another St. Francis--someone who is both a saint and a holy romantic to inspire cynics and restore credibility to the gospel.
So let's talk about it! Log on to Shapevine.com (cool site) on Thursday December 6th at 4pm EST for the interview.