Luke 9: 51-62

In 1969, the English historian Kenneth Clark – later Lord Clark – produced what was arguably the first great documentary series for television.  Called Civilisation, it traced the history of Europe from the beginning of the Middle Ages through to modernity.  But it was more than just a history: it also traced the social, artistic, and intellectual currents that had underpinned so much of that history.  And in the third episode of Civilisation, Clark reflected upon the life and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose discipleship of radical poverty was a profound reforming current within the life of the medieval Church.  Clark’s summary of Francis’ life and influence is provided in the following video clip: Continue reading “Luke 9: 51-62”