Friar’s E-Spirations: New, Fresh, Transformed!

The days before Pentecost (May 24) energize me because they focus on the wonders of the Spirit and the gifts for us as a family, parish, country, and world. We need these gifts to understand, communicate, work together, trust, and love each other. The Spirit enables us “to renew the

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Mary at the Cross

All four Gospels make note that Mary was present at the crucifixion and death of Jesus on Good Friday. Matthew, Mark, and Luke note that Mary and other women, in particular Mary Magdalene, “watched from a distance.” Only Luke writes that “some of Jesus’ disciples” were with Mary. Notably, the

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Learning to Be Human

In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family.That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean Vanier, now in his 80s, the 2015 Templeton Prize for “his innovative

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Just How Big Is God?

It sounds like a strange question to ask because, by definition, God is infinite. But in our human experience, we have no idea what infinite really means. Consider this: as big as our own universe is, it is still created by the infinite God.To begin with, we can

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Unexpected

God calls each of us by name, and sometimes God asks us to do something we never expected to do. To say yes demands trust and faith in God. A prime example is the couple from Nazareth: Joseph and Mary. We remember each of them this month—Joseph on the 19th

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus’ Experience of Temptation

One of the most significant aspects of the season of Lent is to remind us of how Jesus entered into the human experience. We face that fact when the Passion and death of Jesus are revealed to us during Holy Week.We know from Church teaching that Jesus was

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Friar’s E-Spirations: I Will Never Take Back My Love

It was recently Valentine’s Day. The title of this E-spiration would be a good message for a Valentine. Actually, “I will never take back my love,” is a message from God in Psalm 89. The words struck me as I was praying the Office of Readings. They are appropriate for

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Journey of Our Lives

It’s common to describe our lives on this earth as journeys. Each of us weaves a personal history made up of moments in which we are caught up in events—most of which we did not anticipate. And we make decisions and do things that affect others in ways we cannot

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Hope

The loss of hope is a terrible thing. It can be lethal. But for most of us, a deficiency of hope shows itself in more subtle ways: discouragement, putting our trust in everything but God, or focusing too much on the negative in the world.This month, I find

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Most Reliable Understanding of Heaven

I have to say that I have never been to heaven and returned to describe it. But God has given us an understanding of what it will be like. Of course, heaven will be infinitely better than anything we can describe. The key element is that love is the central

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