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Lent with St. Francis: Francis and the Sultan

Feb 27, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
The need for peace and understanding is as great in our time as it was during the Crusades, and sometimes as little valued.

Lent with St. Francis: Taming the Wolf

Feb 26, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Jesus and Francis both know that often the evil that we see and hate in others reflects some shadowy part of our own attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors.

Lent with St. Francis: The Gift of Alms

Feb 25, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Francis teaches us that by learning to rely on the Lord and on the gifts we receive from others—and all is gift—we are as needy as any beggar on the street.

Lent with St. Francis: Come Follow Me

Feb 24, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Not all of us are called to give dramatic, public witness to God’s word. We are all called, however, to live the Gospel in our lives.

Lent with St. Francis: Our Daily Bread

Feb 23, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
In committing himself to a life of poverty, Francis took seriously the belief that God would provide his daily bread.

Lent with St. Francis: The Least of These

Feb 22, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Francis knew that he needed to confront something deep within his soul that was keeping him from following Christ. We might pause to ask what fear we need to confront.

Lent with St. Francis: Wrestling with Temptation

Feb 21, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
The message of the Gospel today, like the message of Lent itself, is twofold: “Repent and believe the good news.” We are called to do both.

Lent with St. Francis: We’re All Sinners

Feb 20, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
We find it difficult to admit when we’re wrong, when we’ve sinned. And it seems the more we try to live good Christian lives, the harder it gets to acknowledge how often we fail.

Lent with St. Francis: True Fasting

Feb 19, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Religious practices can never become more important than the end to which they lead: love of God and love of neighbor.