Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel truths shouldn’t be buried away: When more is entrusted to you, more will be expected.

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Friar’s E-Spirations: Living the Works of Mercy

On February 8, we celebrated the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, whose life was burdened with many wrongs. She was kidnapped when she was 7, sold into slavery, and resold several times, bearing a lot of abuse along the way. In 1883, Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan, bought

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Offering Up Our Suffering

I suspect that most of my readers have heard of the expression “offering it up.” Someone asked me just what it means. It was a good question. There is a fundamental truth that helps us understand this expression. In all of God’s creation, there is a single word that describes

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: ‘On the Way,’ Gratefully

In America, most of us have friendly relations with other Christians. We work on community projects and services together or have interfaith ministerial associations. We are grateful for how much we share in the Scriptures, beliefs, and values. But Christ wants more. He asks “that all may be one.” The

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: A Magnificent and Simple Faith

On my shelf is a marvelous book entitled the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). It is a large book—about 800 pages. There is one adaptation called The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which isn’t as dense, but is still substantial. This book, published by the United States Conference

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations