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Franciscan Inspirations: God Needs You!

The title of this blog 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 and description of God: “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8).

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Reflections on the Stigmata of St. Francis

The Greek word stigma means “a scar left by a hot iron: brand,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Eleventh Edition). Stigmata—the plural form of the same Greek word—can also mean “bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ.”

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Fiery Seraph Wings: A Meditation on St. Francis

La Verna is the holy mountain of the Franciscan tradition. This wild and secluded height was given to Francis and his companions as a place for solitary prayer by a certain Count Orlando who had been inspired by Francis’ preaching in 1213.

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