Eighth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters
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In the weeks before Christmas, the final talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters appropriately turns to St Francis of Assisi, who built the first crib on a hillside above Greccio, in the Rieti valley, Italy. St Francis’ love for the mystery of God’s Incarnation spilt over into his radical choice of a life of poverty and prayer, following in the footsteps of his master, Jesus Christ. His profound and intense spiritual life powered a charismatic life of preaching. Fr Gabriel Kyte, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, offers insights into the Christmas-orientated spirituality of this ever-popular saint.
Fr Gabriel Kyte, CFR is a Canadian national and was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in 2014. He is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and currently the Local Servant at St Pio Friary in Bradford. He has a passion for Franciscan spirituality and uncovering it’s authentic roots in the character and life of St Francis. His Master’s thesis was on the Mariology of Benedict XVI.