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Asked in 2013 why he wished to be called Francis, the Pope replied, “For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.” Featuring quotes from the Pope’s homilies, letters, encyclicals and Twitter account, The Spirit of Saint Francis offers insight into his views on simplicity, humility, forgiveness, joy, compassion, peacemaking and care for creation.  Published by Franciscan Media in cooperation with the Vatican and edited by Alicia von Stamwitz, this collection of inspirational writings challenges us to put our faith and values into practice. It’s available online from: 
Bright Ideas

Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup. It’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.
If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant.

Resources / Links
Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: In this booklet, the author, Albert Haase, OFM, reflects on each phrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, offering the reader ideas of what it means to truly be a peacemaker. He challenges us to look beyond ourselves and toward God and all of humanity. Published by Franciscan Media. Cost is $8.99. You can order it at .

The Holy See
National Catholic Conference of Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Franciscan Media
Zenit: Catholic News from Rome
Order of Friars Minor (OFM) International Web Site
Consistent Life (formerly Seamless Garment Network)
Earth Ministry
Secular Franciscan Order’s Ecology Commission
USCCB Environmental Justice Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Web of Creation
St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University
Franciscans International at the United Nations (Geneva and New York)
Bread for the World
Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
National Right to Life Committee
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Global Peace Services USA
The Institute for Peace and Justice
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pax Christi USA
1,000 Years of Peace, sponsored by St. Anthony Messenger Press
Teaching Tolerance
Los Alamos Study Group