May 15, 2020

Understanding Saint Thérèse’s Relics

Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was buried in the Lisieux municipal cemetery on October 4, 1897. She was the first to be buried in the new plot her monastery had purchased in response to the city’s new legislative directives prohibiting interment inside the cloister.

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Pie Day: Louisiana’s Lenten Custom

It was Louisiana Sweet Dough Pie, and it is served only once a year—on Good Friday.

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Franciscan Inspirations: Heaven Awaits

The Gospels have reminded us to be alert and vigilant for the second coming. The sun may be darkened, the moon will not give its light. “And then they will see the ‘Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory…” (Mk 13:26). Christ will come to bring salvation to “those who eagerly await him” (Hb 9:28).

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Following Christ with Small Steps

When we think of responding to God’s call, we often remember the dramatic stories. But the ordinary Christian wonders: Confronted with a massive, stupefying presence, usually starting with “Don’t be afraid,” who could say no?

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Franciscan Inspirations: Learning to Be Human

Some of Jesus’ parables are long and difficult to interpret at times. But there are other times when the images Jesus uses make his teachings clear as crystal.

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Mercy and the Franciscan Way

The intersection of the themes of religious life and mercy should be even clearer for those of us who commit to living the Franciscan charism in the modern world, for mercy was a theme close to Francis of Assisi’s heart.

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