By Jon M. Sweeney
Few biographies of St. Francis have tested his advanced courting with shut buddy Elias of Cortona. In The Enthusiast, award-winning writer and historian Jon M. Sweeney delves into this little-known partnership that outlined after which virtually destroyed Francis’s ideals.
mixing background and biography, Sweeney finds how Francis and Elias rebuilt church buildings, aided lepers, and entertained as “God’s troubadours” to the pride of daily those who had grown bored with a distant and tumultuous Church. on the top in their non secular renaissance, despite the fact that, Elias grew to become “the satan” to a number of the different friars; they believed him to be a traitor to their beliefs. After Francis’s untimely loss of life, the flow fractured. Scorned via many of the Franciscan management, Elias a direction that may depart him a lonely, damaged guy. Sweeney exhibits how Elias’s undoing used to be rooted in his makes an attempt to honor his outdated friend.
The Enthusiast used to be the winner of a 2017 Catholic Press organization publication Award: heritage (Third Place).
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The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started by Jon M. Sweeney