Economy of Hope: The Franciscan Practice of Usus Pauper

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    Hope puts the present situation in a promising light, thus transforming it. Whereas an ideal is a distant image observed from our own perspective, the promising perspective of hope shines its light on our situation and instantly changes everything. Francis of Assisi experienced everything, including the ‘worthless’, in the perspective of God’s undivided abundance. He stopped owning anything, not even the future, and started living from grace. As an effect, he developed a manner of doing, which Michel de Certeau describes as tactical practice: to use without owning. This is a form of economy. We may recognize his form of life as an economy of hope.
    Period30 Aug 2019
    Event titleHope. Where does our hope lie? International Congress of the European Society for Catholic Theology
    Event typeConference
    LocationBratislava, SlovakiaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • francis of assisi
    • spirituality
    • ecconomy
    • hope