The following are some reading recommendations to deepen your understanding of the Franciscan life.
New American Bible – Revised Edition (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order: With a Catechism and Instructions – Ramos, Baldonado, Grant (Amazon)
To Live As Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans – Foley, Weigel, Normile (Amazon)
The Franciscan Journey, Embracing the Franciscan Vision – Lester Bach, OFM Cap (Smoky Valley Printing, check with formation director)
Francis: The Journey and The Dream – Murry Bodo, OFM (Amazon)
The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan Spirituality for Everyone – Murray Bodo, OFM (Amazon)
Francis & Clare of Assisi – Early Documents (St. Louis University website)
Franciscan Prayer – Ilia Delio, OSF (Amazon)
Dan Horan, O.F.M, discusses his new book, Dating God. (Amazon) Drawing from the Franciscan tradition, this book challenges us to reexamine our spirituality, prayer, and relationships, and invites us into a more intimate relationship with our Creator.
Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love) – Encyclical Letter, Benedict XVI (Vatican website)
Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) – Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis (Vatican website)
Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home) – Encyclical Letter, Pope Francis (USCCB Website)