In the second presentation (just shy of 40 minutes long) at our International Centenary Symposium on the Mariology of Bl. John Duns Scotus held in Durham, England, Fr. Johannes Schneider, OFM, discusses the Christocentrism and “prescotistic” thought of St. Francis of Assisi, demonstrating in a definitive way that Bl. John Duns Scotus was a true son of the Seraphic Father. Fr. Johannes’ presentation is read by Fr. Peter D. Felhner, F.I. There is some Latin, but always accompanied by English translations and explanations, so “fear not!”
The writings of Bl. John Duns Scotus are “the beautiful form of the perfection of St Francis of Assisi and the fervour of his seraphic spirit are certainly hidden and yet present [therein].”
Pope Paul VI, Alma Parens, 1966.
Seraphic Father St. Francis, pray for us!
Bl. John Duns Scotus, pray for us!
fr. maximilian mary dean, F.I.
P.S. I highly recommend Fr. Johannes Schneider’s study on the presence of Mary in the Crucifix of San Damiano and in the Office of the Passion of St. Francis of Assisi. The book is entitled Virgo Ecclesia Facta – The Virgin made Church. Perhaps the best study of the San Damiano Crucifix and of the Marian spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi available in the English language today.