Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi: A New Translation

Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi Shambhala Publications

Robert H. Hopcke

Paul Schwartz

New Seeds, 2006

An updated translation of a 14th-century classic of the stories and legends of St. Francis which focus on his spiritual teaching, with a foreword by Richard Rohr.

"Hopcke and Schwartz... succeed in telling the tales of Francis's ministry—particularly his dedication to the poor and the sick—in readable and simple language for contemporary American readers. The introductions to each story serve as helpful commentaries, further translating the wisdom and spirit of Franciscan literature. Because the translators include roughly half of the 53 stories in the original collection...some readers, especially those familiar with earlier translations, may miss the other tales.... However, the compact and nicely translated collection is sure to accomplish its mission of presenting the life of this beloved saint."   -Publishers Weekly

“What a delight to have Hopcke’s and Schwartz’s lively renderings. In the spirit of the Italian vernacular in which they were first told and written, these tales of St. Francis show his earthiness, sensuous love of life, occasional vulgarity, and deep spiritual wisdom. Pace e bene!" - Jon M. Sweeney