Unit 2 - Getting to know Francis and Clare  

Module One : What does Francis tell us?

This module introduces you to the writings of Francis.

Lesson 1. The Testament, Prayer before the Crucifix and the Letter to the Entire Order
Lesson 2. The Earlier Rule (Regula non Bullata), with a note on the Later Rule
Lesson 3. Those who do Penance
Lesson 4. Themes in the writings of Francis
Lesson 5. A prayer inspired by the Our Father and the Office of the Passion
Lesson 6. A medley of writings

Module Two : How do we know Francis?

This module introduces you to the writings of Francis.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. The modern study of the sources
Lesson 3. Francis the Saint
Lesson 4. Francis the founder (Part 1)
Lesson 5. Francis the founder (Part 2)
Lesson 6. Francis the Prophet

Module Three: The life of Clare.
This module introduces you to the writings of Clare.

Lesson 1. The sources for our knowledge of Clare
Lesson 2. Her early life and background 1211/12
Lesson 3. Her conversion experiance 1212; San Damiano
Lesson 4. 1212 – 1216: early religous life
Lesson 5. Consolidation and struggle
Lesson 6. Clare and the Papacy 1
Lesson 7. Clare and the Papacy 2
Lesson 8. The closing year

Module Four : How do we know her and what does she tell us?
This module examines the writings of Clare in more detail.

Lesson 1. The rule of St Clare 1, the development of the Rule, Francis to Benedict
Lesson 2. The rule of St Clare 2, the development of the Rule, Francis to Innocent IV
Lesson 3. The rule of St Clare 3
Lesson 4. Agnes of Prague and medieval letters
Lesson 5. Letters one, two and three
Lesson 6. Letter four
Lesson 7. The letter to Ermintrude, the Blessing, the Testament
Lesson 8. The process of canonisation and early expansion of the poor ladies

PLEASE NOTE that the following book is required to complete this unit: Thaddee Matura OFM, Francis of Assisi: The Message in his Writings, The Franciscan Institute, 1997