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Franciscan Spirit Blog

Novena to St. Francis | Day Seven: Love

Oct 1, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
In the “Canticle,” Francis expresses a way of life, an inner attitude in which he learned to stand before God and to face life itself.

Novena to St. Francis | Day Six: Peace

Sep 30, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Though he probably didn’t write it, the Peace Prayer attributed to St. Francis captures much of his spirit. He spent time and energy being an “instrument of peace.”

Novena to St. Francis | Day Five: Poverty

Sep 29, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Francis knew in his heart what the cost would be to follow Christ—and he paid it. And so Lady Poverty would be his forever!

Novena to St. Francis | Day Four: Creation

Sep 28, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Listening to the birds or the sounds of a thunderstorm can put our lives back together. We can sense our place in God’s creation.

Novena to St. Francis | Day Three: The Gospels

Sep 27, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Francis embraced the Gospel and challenged the difficulties of his time: faith, church, and society. In our difficult time, it is now ours to do. 

Novena to St. Francis | Day Two: Evangelization

Sep 26, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Evangelization is a Franciscan priority because it was a priority for St. Francis. And it was a priority because he had encountered Jesus and just couldn’t keep that to himself.

Novena to St. Francis | Day One: The Incarnation

Sep 25, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Christianity is the only religion which proclaims that God became a human being. This is unique and central to Christian understanding. St. Francis was fascinated by what we have come to call the Incarnation. 

Capturing Padre Pio

Sep 23, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
A journalist recalls his interview with this beloved Capuchin Franciscan saint.

Falling Away to God

Sep 22, 2022 Franciscan Spirit Blog
If we’re going to live peacefully with each other and with our God-given Earth, many of us are going to have to let some things fall away.