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Unit 4: St. Francis—Brother Sun, Sister Moon—The Conversion Scene


St. Francis—Brother Sun, Sister Moon—The Conversion Scene

Film Focus Point: This is a segment of the Franco Zeffirelli film Brother Sun, Sister Moon. The conversion of St. Francis of Assisi shows the scene when his father drags him before Bishop Guido to pass judgment on his son after discovering him giving away fabrics from his store. Warning: Preview for appropriateness before showing.

Text Focus Point: Pages 162-163

Discussion Questions

  1. Give examples of how Francis quotes from the Bible in this scene.

  2. How does Francis explain his transformation to the crowd? To his father?

  3. Explain the meaning of Francis stripping himself.

  4. Why does Francis find it humorous when he is covered by the vestment of Bishop Guido?

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