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Clare of Assisi : the letters to Agnes
Mueller, Joan, 1956-
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Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, [2003]

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xxi, 113 pages ; 21 cm
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In Clare of Assisi , Joan Mueller provides an accessible translation of Clare of Assisi's four letters to Agnes of Prague. The letters bring to life a dynamic moment in the history of women's spirituality. Agnes of Prague, a Bohemian princess, rejected an offer of marriage from the German emperor Frederick II and then built a monastery and hospital from her royal dowry. She wrote to Clare for instructions on how to establish this monastery in the Franciscan spirit. In her letters responding to Agnes, Clare reveals what is essential to the Franciscan life, how to become a person of prayer and of joy, and the spiritual benefits of living a simple and poor lifestyle. Clare of Assisi makes these letters available to all readers.

Chapters are Clare's First Letter to Agnes, *Clare's Second Letter to Agnes, - *Clare's Third Letter to Agnes, - *Clare's Fourth Letter to Agnes, - and *Choosing Poverty: A Contemporary Choice.

Author Notes

Joan Mueller, O.S.F., Ph.D., teaches systematic theology and Christian spirituality at Creighton University. She has written extensively on Clare of Assisi and the early Franciscan movement

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Library Journal Review

A professor as well as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Joy, Mueller (Creighton Univ.; Is Forgiveness Possible?) has woven a fine and well-developed book around four brief letters of encouragement and comfort sent by Clare of Assisi to the Bohemian princess Agnes, who renounced her rank and offers of marriage to build a monastery and hospital. Clare has proven a valuable figure for modern Catholic women's spirituality, and she-even less than St. Francis-scarcely saw herself as a theologian or writer, so access to her writings is in itself a benefit. Mueller's translations are simple and flowing, and she surrounds Clare's texts with equally accessible treatments of their contemporary context and modern application. Clare's choice of "radical love," Mueller says, should push each of us to "hear and respond to the call of the poor." Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xi
Clare's First Letter to Agnes
Introductionp. 1
Clare's First Letterp. 2
Contextp. 6
Contemporary Relevancep. 22
Clare's Second Letter to Agnes
Introductionp. 26
Clare's Second Letterp. 28
Contextp. 31
Contemporary Relevancep. 49
Clare's Third Letter to Agnes
Introductionp. 56
Clare's Third Letterp. 57
Contextp. 61
Contemporary Relevancep. 77
Clare's Fourth Letter to Agnes
Introductionp. 84
Clare's Fourth Letterp. 85
Contextp. 89
Contemporary Relevancep. 106
Choosing Poverty: A Contemporary Choicep. 110