A look at Lent with Friar Jim

A Friar Reflects on the Hope of Lent

Lent is a time to take stock of our lives and show God that we are grateful for the gift of faith. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Lent: A Season of Mystery and Surprise

Lenten Reflections with Friar Jim

Friar Jim Van Vurst, OFM, offers insight and wisdom to this holy season.

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Sharing the Word for January 9, 2017 – First Week in Ordinary Time – Year 1

There is no unimportant person on this earth. Each of us has the same value in God’s heart.

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Sharing the Word for December 30, 2016

The suffering face of Jesus can be seen on TV news any night of the week.

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Sharing the Word for December 26, 2016 – Year 1

Trusting in God brought St. Paul to his greatest challenges and greatest glory. It will do the same for us.

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Sharing the Word for December 19, 2016 – Fourth Week of Advent – Year 1

Some individuals seem to conclude that their difficult time is a punishment from God. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Sharing the Word for December 16, 2016

We have our own prophets who bravely “testify to the truth” of what needs to be done in the areas of peace and justice.

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Sharing the Word for December 12, 2016 – Third Week of Advent – Year 1

This life is not the whole story. There is an eternity to follow where the righteous and innocent will rejoice.

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Sharing the Word for November 29, 2016 – Year 1

We all relish memories of wonderful times in our lives.

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Sharing the Word for November 8, 2016 – Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time – Year 2

Our ultimate union with God in heaven for all eternity is the fulfillment of God’s gift to those who serve.

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