THE POVERELLO LENDING LIBRARY
HERMITAGE LIBRARY OF SAINT FRANCIS
As many of you know, in the summer of 2018 I began a new leg of my spiritual journey with God–a pilgrimage that continues to follow the steps and gospel trail of Jesus, but now also includes St. Francis as my walking companion. An announcement about this new direction and my advocacy work were recently released, but today I’m pleased to introduce The Poverello Lending Library at Humble Hermitage.
THE POVERELLO LENDING LIBRARY
The Poverello Lending Library was launched on July 12, 2018 with a gift of four books on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi from my good friend, Fr. Randall Trego. Since that short time, more than fifty books about Il Poverello (the little poor man) ¹ have been added, with new volumes on St. Francis arriving every month.
Now keep in mind, this humble library (it seemed only apropos that in the spirit of St. Francis my little library have humble beginnings) is no Lanier Theological Library. Yet. Truth is, at the moment, the entire library fits comfortably on a couple of shelves in my prayer closet. (Yes, I literally have a prayer closet.)
All of the books in The Poverello Lending Library are exclusively written about Saint Francis of Assisi, the San Damiano Cross, or Franciscan spirituality and include biographies, non-fiction, and fictional works. These hardback, paperback, or occasional leather-bound books may be new, used, or even ex-library, but all are clean with no markings, notes, or underlining. Some are First Editions and many are out-of-print. All are in very good or new condition.
But this is no ordinary private library where I plan to hoard books on the life of St. Francis for my own personal use, benefit, and pleasure. Rather, my sincere desire is to share these books and the spiritual lessons they convey about St. Francis with you, dear reader.
HOW IT WORKS
The system is simple (that’s Saint Francis looking over my shoulder with a smile of approval) and easy to use. The Poverello Lending Library is offered as a ministry and gift to anyone with a sincere desire to learn more about all things Saint Francis and Franciscan spirituality, and is offered completely *FREE of charge on the honor system. (The library mails you a book and you return it in the same condition within 30 days.) Here’s how it works:
- Look at the list of books in the current library catalog that are sorted alphabetically by title.
- Select one book that you would like to borrow (check out) for up to one month.
- Contact Me to verify current availability.
- Register yourself with the librarian (that’s me) by providing your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email. (Sorry, residents of USA only.)
- Accept the library book loan agreement. (Books are free to borrow, but you pay the return postage.)
- Your selected book on St. Francis will be carefully packed and mailed to you via U.S.P.S. free of charge.
- When finished, you return the book to the library at your personal expense. (First Class mail is recommended, but Book Rate is acceptable.)
- Time to check out and read another book about St. Francis!
GIFTS & DONATIONS
All books listed in the library catalogue were either purchased out of my own pocket or gifted to the library. Use of the library system is 100% FREE of charge (other than return shipping), but your financial offerings, purchase of a book, or books on Saint Francis gifted to the library from your own personal collection are all welcome and appreciated. To purchase a book for the library as a gift, please contact me for suggested titles currently on our wish list.
* Membership and participation in the lending library is 100% free of charge, but a one time (and completely refundable) deposit of $25 is required to participate. Please contact me for additional details.
NOTES & CREDITS
1 Il Poverello (The Poverello) | Francis of Assisi was commonly known as “Il Poverello” (the little poor man) due primarily to his personal embracing of the virtues of poverty, charity, humility, and simplicity in his life.
2 Photo Credit: The Poverello Bookshelf | Copyright © 2018 Allen Aaron White. Used by permission. | Nexus Prayer International.