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Franciscan Spirit Blog

The Spiritual Perks of Volunteering

Jul 26, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Studies cite the physical, mental, and social benefits of volunteering—three ingredients to overall wellness.

Music as Prayer

Jul 23, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Music takes me back, keeps me in the present, and inspires hope for the future—all at once.

Honoring St. Mary Magdalene

Jul 22, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Though she was never known to waver in her support of Jesus, Mary Magdalene’s actions in Jesus’ final days exemplify her commitment.

St. Joseph: Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Love

Jul 21, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
In this Year of St. Joseph, it's good to remember Joseph was a real man, a real husband, and a real father, who experienced all the ups and downs that go with those roles.


Thank God for Water

Jul 20, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
St. Francis understood that, by accepting our responsibility to care for water, we will say, “Thank you,” to God, the giver of water and life.

Radical Saints: Mary MacKillop

Jul 19, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for insubordination, and later she was told to move her congregation out of a diocese. Through it all, she showed a radical trust in God and the Church, even when some of its leaders were less than Christlike.

2021: The Year of Living Dangerously

Jul 16, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
With gun violence on the rise, we as a nation find ourselves at a crossroads.

The Franciscan Saints: Bonaventure

Jul 15, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
This popular Franciscan saint left behind a structured and renewed Franciscan Order and a body of work all of which glorifies his major love—Jesus.

A Prayer for St. Kateri

Jul 14, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Her purity, her tenacity, her openness to others—these and other attributes keep St. Kateri close to her followers’ hearts.