The Loneliness and Longing of Saint Francis
by Gerard Thomas Straub
This modern pilgrimage into the heart of St. Francis of Assisi takes us to tent cities and soup kitchens, to chapels and hermitages. We see it all through Francis’ eyes, which saw Christ in everyone and everything. Straub reveals Francis as a man who found joy in loneliness and longing, and in poverty and prayer—because this was where Francis found God.
Endorsements for The Loneliness and Longing of Saint Francis
“Forged in the fiery smithy of the author’s own soul, this beautiful book is urgent, passionate and compelling. Its unique power springs from the fusion of Straub’s personal involvement in today’s most shocking scenes of human poverty, his sense of the extreme, essential soul of St Francis, and his intense awareness of his own vulnerability and demons. In this fire a spiritual masterpiece is born.”
-Daniel O’Leary, author, Already Within: Divining the Hidden Spring.
Fr. Daniel O’Leary is an Irish priest living and working in England. Besides having been a pastor and college professor, he is one of the most popular retreat leaders in Europe. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Traveling Light: Your Journey to Wholeness. He holds Masters degrees in theology, spirituality and religious studies. Fr. O’Leary is a celebrated columnist for The Tablet, a London-based international Catholic weekly journal that is highly influential and widely-read.
“Through his encounter with St. Francis of Assisi, Gerry Straub came to love Christ and the poor. That encounter transformed his life. Here in this beautiful gem of a book he traces the footsteps of St. Francis in his age and our own, showing a way of prayer and compassion with the power to transform our hearts, and thereby transform the world.”
-Robert Ellsberg, author of The Saints’ Guide to Happiness
Robert Ellsberg is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Orbis Books. His book All Saints was a huge best-seller. He holds a master degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School. From 1976 to 1978, he served as managing editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper. He worked with Dorothy Day for the last five years of her life, an experience that prompted his conversion to Catholicism and shaped his subsequent life. His first book was an anthology of Dorothy Day’s writings. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. He is the series editor for the Modern Spiritual Masters Series; he edited the essential writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Charles de Foucauld.