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Franciscan Spirit Blog

What a Dog Taught Me About God

May 11, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Like our four-legged friends, we are devoted followers of God, our beloved owner.

Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness

May 10, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
For those who love somebody struggling with mental illness, our job is to be fully present and listen without prejudice. 

The Other Mother’s Day: A Meditation on Mary

May 7, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
The mother figure most central to the Catholic tradition is Mary. But we do her a great disservice by pretending that her life was idyllic.

Thank You, Mom

May 6, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
With this Mother's Day, I have an opportunity to simply say, “Thank you.” And, perhaps not so simply, “I’m sorry.”

Notes from a Friar: A Mother’s Love

May 5, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
If you think about it, one word might summarize how you could describe motherly love. That word would be “nurturer.”

Ave Maria: Calling On Mother Mary

May 4, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Whether we recite the Hail Mary by itself or repeatedly in the rosary, it reminds us of the respect we show the woman chosen by God to give birth to his son.

Accentuate the Positive: A Message for Moms

May 3, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
The world is in need of positivity and grace. As a mother, let it begin with me.

We Are Children of God

Apr 30, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
We are imperfect children of a perfect God, who loves us in spite of our sins.

Order from Chaos

Apr 29, 2021 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Dreaded chores or cherished hobbies have a centering power that can bring us closer to God.