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Franciscan Spirit Blog

The Franciscan Saints: Matt Talbot

Jun 18, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Matt Talbot was one of twelve children born to a poor family in Dublin. His addiction to alcohol began at twelve, when he got his first job with a wine merchant.

A Faith Celebrated

Jun 17, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Only if we recommit to daily private and public prayer can we rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived, and prayed.

Walking with God

Jun 16, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Our life journeys will have twists and turns. But we never walk it alone.

St. Francis and His Dreams

Jun 15, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Francis dreamed of glory on the battlefield. He got his wish—in a sense. He became a knight of Christ and “the herald of the great King.”

Humanizing God

Jun 14, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
We understand how our own hands are so important in expressing our love and care for one another—a touch, a protective hold. That image also tells us about God.

Peaceful Mind, Joyful Heart

Jun 11, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Christian peace is a joyful peace, for Jesus is joyful; God is joyful.

Let Go. Now.

Jun 10, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Clinging to something that does not bring us life means clinging to our sure death.

The Importance of Self-Care

Jun 9, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
When we don’t turn away from our own suffering and declare it unworthy of compassion, consolation, and love, we learn to recognize pain rather than run from it.

Praying without Words

Jun 8, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
It is a state of receptiveness that contemplation tries to create in us. We work at being fully present to the moment and content to relax in God’s presence with us and within us.