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Friar’s E-Spirations: ‘Tis the Season of Hope

One wonderful gift that God gives us is the virtue of hope. Will the acceptance of this gift be different this year because of recent and ongoing tragedies?We were all saddened and discouraged by the killing of innocent people in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California. These were

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Life Is like Parachuting

Margaret Mead, the famed social anthropologist, coined a very thought-provoking statement. She said: “Living is like parachuting. You have to do it right the first time!” There is hardly a truer statement than that. We have only one life to live. We live, we die, and then we experience eternity.

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Heaven Awaits

We are coming to the end of the Church year. 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

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Size Doesn’t Matter, Really

In our society, it seems that everything has to be bigger or the greatest. “More is more,” as they say. But the truth is this: size is not really that important.If we want to consider something really big, all we need do is think of the universe. It’s

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Inspiration and Challenge!

Who could have imagined that Pope Francis would speak to a joint session of Congress and give praise to Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?The pope said, “My visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Pope Francis: What a Visit!

It’s been a few weeks since Pope Francis completed his astounding visit to the United States. I don’t know if any of you made it to Washington, DC, New York, or Philadelphia, but if you did, I imagine your experiences were very special. I was content and grateful to find

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Graced Opportunities

One of my greatest joys as a priest is to be an instrument of God’s mercy to people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some people tell me they leave freer and with a lighter heart after hearing, “Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace,

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Generosity of God

Most of us are attuned to the issue of fairness. But what is interesting is how often people criticize God for not being fair. I’m reminded of Jesus’ parable about the workers who were hired to work all day and those hired at the end of the day. The parable

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Revelations at the Beach

It was an idyllic scene. It could have been an Impressionist’s painting of families vacationing at the beach: August sun, white sand, gentle surf of the Gulf, blue sky, fathers building sand castles with their daughters, mothers lathering their sons with lotion, people of all ages walking the beach. It

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Loving—Graciously

I shared last month how inspired I was by St. Francis of Assisi praising God in all creation and what a joy it is for me to walk outside and soak in the beauty of God’s world. Pope Francis began his new encyclical by quoting “The Canticle of Creatures” by

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