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franciscan - May 2000

© The Society of Saint Francis, 2000

Contents

Minister's Letter: Brother Damian SSF, Minister Provincial of the European Province First Order Brothers
Community Routes

Funny Bones

'Humour: a means of communication, an aid to making life bearable, a channel for creating a cathartic experience, a way of facing that which is in essence tragic, an effective way to challenge others.'
Our contributors explore these issues, acknowledging the crucial rôle humour plays in our lives in terms of our own self-awareness and growth, but most particularly in our relationships with one another and with God.

Theme Prayer

Articles

The tragedy behind the smile, by Graham Harvey
Clowning and outreach, by Sandra Pollerman
‘Streetlife’, by James Ashdown

One minus one is nun!, by Sister Rowan Clare CSF
Of the mouths of babes and comedians . . . , by Brother Desmond Alban SSF
The Clares at Fifty
The humour of Jesus, by Sister Rosemary CHN

Obituaries

Brother Harry SSF, RIP

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