Gathering Shards: A Franciscan Life

published by Tau | Trade Paperback | 402 pages
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In Gathering Shards Murray Bodo celebrates 60 years as a Franciscan friar by telling the story of how God found him and called him to the Franciscan life when he was a young boy in Gallup, New Mexico, a life which has taken him far from his New Mexico roots, only to bring him home again to savor the desert and mountains that formed his early life. The shards he gathers into this memoir are not the pottery shards he gathered as a boy, but the diverse shards that make up his life and that cohere because of the presence of God in all of them. The book celebrates his being a teacher and writer, a pilgrim and a pilgrim guide, a spiritual friend and companion, a poet and priest, and how all of these roles reveal the contours of his life, their unique shape and color adding to the forming bowl which defines his Franciscan life.   Stock #: I9800

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Based on 5 reviews
A retreat with St. Anthony

I loved this book I wasn't surprised because I do love St. Anthony his passion for our Lord Jesus Christ. A wonderful read.


Murray Bodo is at it again with another fabulous read! He really inspires me with his story, but also the life lessons that are weaved into it. He is one of my own writing inspirations, and I couldn't think of another book that would be better to simmer with than Gathering Shards. Well done Murray Bodo, and well done Franciscan Media!

Gathering Shards: A Franciscan Life by Fr. Murray Bodo

I absolutely LOVE this book. It has truly inspired me while being quarantined during this COVID-19. It makes me feel as if I am sitting with a friend and sharing our lives. THANK YOU Fr. Bodo for an incredible read!

Eye Opening

I always considered that my faith was deep and meaningful.....this wonderful book truly opened my eyes to total joy and love. It is a must read for everyone!

An excellent book!

I am a great admirer of Father Bodo’s books, and I believe this one to be his Best so far! Thank you for telling me of it.

MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and member of the Franciscan Academy. He is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the bestselling Francis: The Journey and the Dream, Francis and Jesus, three books of poetry, and most recently Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis.  Bodo has had his poems, stories and articles published in magazines and literary journals in the United States and Ireland. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spends summers in Assisi as a staff member of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs.

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #I9800

ISBN:  9781619564831

Publication Date:  2019


Imprint:  Tau Publishing

Trim Size:  8in x 5in x 1in
(Approx. 0.31 in X )

Pages:  402

List Price:  $ 10.17