Murray Bodo is one writer who, in this age of deconstruction and cynicism, resolutely believes that literature and life are deeply entwined. Perhaps that’s not surprising for a Franciscan friar and the author of best-selling books about St. Francis and St. Clair. But for Fr. Bodo, the essence of good writing is not preaching, but the adumbration of mystery. From his own poetry and creative non-fiction to his literary tributes to kindred spirits like Thomas Merton and Denise Levertov, Fr. Bodo invites us to find the meditative space where grace can make us whole. Unlike most religious writers, Fr. Bodo’s language never smacks of mere piety—which is probably why he’s one of our most popular Christian writers. A good friend to Image, Fr. B has often been the preacher and liturgist at our conferences and summer workshops.
"I'm presently working on a book about prayer entitled, "Still in the Mystery: the Landscape of Prayer." To date it is over 300 pages, which makes me smile when I think that the disciples asked Jesus how to pray and he gave them basically one paragraph: the Our Father. But, of course, I'm not Jesus, which these sometimes tortured pages about my own journey of prayer make abundantly clear. I'm also finishing a book on St. Francis's Canticle of the Creatures for the Pauline Books series, "Poetry as Prayer." And, as always, I continue to write poems."
Father Murray Bodo is a Franciscan priest. A member of the Franciscan Academy and the author of seventeen books, including the international best-seller, Francis, the Journey and the Dream, and Poetry as Prayer: Denise Levertov, he is visiting professor of poetry and visiting scholar in the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, New York. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, Mystics Quarterly, Cistercian Studies, Tracks (Dublin), The Cord, and St. Anthony Messenger; and they've been anthologized in Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith and Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry. Father Murray spends his summers in Assisi, Italy as a staff member and pilgrim guide for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. His most recent work is Icarus in Assisi, a chapbook of poems translated into Italian with facing English text, published by Minerva Press, Assisi.