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“Francis and Clare can show you how to die into your one and only life, the life that you must learn to love. It will show itself to be one continuous movement–first learning to love your life and then allowing yourself to fully die into it–and never to die away from it. Once death is joyfully incorporated into life, you are already in heaven and there is no possibility or fear of hell. That is the Franciscan way. The Gospel is not a fire insurance policy for the next world, but a life assurance policy for this world. Francis and Clare somehow came to see through the common disguises of heaven and hell and they seemed to come to this on their own. My hope and desire … is that you can know heaven on your own, too–and now!” –Richard Rohr

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“Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!” –Pope Francis

-from The Spirit of Saint Francis

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