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: God Speaks to All

Someone once asked me how many languages God speaks. I quickly realized that the person needed a fundamental answer. Of course, God speaks all languages.It is better to think of God as communicating, which opens up many more possibilities. We humans communicate with more than words. In our

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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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Friar’s E-Spirations: How Many Languages Does God Speak?

I know it sounds like a strange question, but there is a reason for it. Sometimes we place restrictions on God when it comes to his ability to communicate. God has no limits, yet it is easy to project our weaknesses onto God. When we see nothing but tragedy in

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Friar’s E-Spirations: God Needs You!

The title of this E-spiration may strike some as rather strange and even unorthodox. After all, we know that God is infinite in wisdom, knowledge, and goodness. But it would be incorrect to say that God doesn’t need anything or anyone. We say that because of the most perfect definition

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Hiding from God

The response of Adam and Eve to their tragic sin would be almost comical if it didn’t indicate how we deal with guilt and try to hide—or at least hide our sin—from God. “When they heard . . . the Lord God moving about in the garden . . .

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Paradox of Holiness

It is understandable that most people struggle with the desire to be holy. And that struggle exists because of a misunderstanding of what holiness really is. The best way to understand holiness is to think of this basic fact: holiness is our relationship with God. In other words, we can’t

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