Lent with Saint Francis

Ash Wednesday: Be Faithful to the Gospel

Ash Wednesday: Be Faithful to the Gospel

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Franciscan Media

5 Lessons from Megachurches

They are experiencing phenomenal growth. What can Catholic parishes learn? By Dr. Brennan R. Hill

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St. Anthony Messenger

Welcome, Lent!

Welcome, Lent

Each year the season returns, like an old friend, to comfort and challenge us. By Amy Ekeh

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St. Anthony Messenger

Assisi, home of Saint Francis

Richard Rohr on Praying like St. Francis

PRAYER is something that people of all religious traditions understand as a necessary component of holy living. And yet somehow, the mystical path is often seen as accessible only to those in religious life, especially members of cloistered or monastic communities. Drawing upon Sts. Francis of Assisi, Clare, Anthony, and Bonaventure; Q: Do we run the risk with prayers of petition, which is how many of us pray, of setting ourselves up as better informed than God? A: Jesus says that: “Why do you babble on like the pagans do? God already knows what you need.” Q: At an October 2012 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exploring the theme of “Franciscan Mysticism: I Am That Which I Am Seeking,” Father Richard Rohr, OFM, pointed to key Franciscan mystics who explored and helped shape Franciscanism for generations. St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) ? Theologian and philosopher, declared a doctor

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St. Anthony Messenger

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John XXIII and John Paul II: Beloved Saints

“To canonize them both,” says Pope Francis, “will be a message to the Church.” A leading Church historian tells us why. By Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD

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St. Anthony Messenger

Made in God’s Image

Our bodies are sacred gifts. Handle with care. By Kate Wicker

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St. Anthony Messenger

I Was Homeless

BIBLE READING has gotten me into trouble over and over again. This began to happen when I went to live in subsidized housing for two years. There, the social worker, who was the assistant to the director, threatened me with a day-treatment program for the mental health-challenged because, as she said, I was “reading that book so much.”

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St. Anthony Messenger

St. Francis and the Incarnation

Saint Francis and the Incarnation

Jesus became one of us to help us share in divine life. Christmas celebrates that. By John Quigley, OFM

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St. Anthony Messenger

Falling in Love With Christ

Falling in love is one of the most unsettling, mind-blowing, risky experiences in life. A young man once described to me his life-changing encounter with his future wife. He was simply bowled over. It was not only her good looks and a certain mysterious quality to her personality, but her entire demeanor attracted him.

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St. Clare’s Gamble

Many people thought Clare of Assisi, a noblewoman, was wasting her life by living as a cloistered nun at San Damiano. She proved them wrong. By Romana Miller, OSF

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St. Anthony Messenger