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To Live the Gospel Life

With St. Francis, there is nothing to fear. Nothing can hurt us. There is no problem we cannot solve with God’s wisdom and grace.

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The Franciscan School of Theology: A Shared Journey

Teaching the course is by no means easy, but there is something familiar about it that reassures me that I’m doing is what I’m supposed to be doing.

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Meet the Mystics: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse teaches us that Christian mysticism is not an esoteric branch of theology or something separate from the gospel life.

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Meet the Mystics: St. John of the Cross

In John, as in all mystics, to be pure and completely open before God is the purpose of the dark night.

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Meet the Mystics: St. Catherine of Siena

Some will see in Catherine every sign of psychosis: the split personality, hearing voices, demonic visions, and a mystical marriage. The signs, to be sure, are there.

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Meet the Mystics: St. Francis of Assisi

There is a mysticism Francis offers to all believers, a mysticism that he illustrates through the gestures of his own life.

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Meet the Mystics: Mary

If the mystic is one who experiences in an extraordinary way the intimacy with God offered to everyone, then Mary is the model and pattern of the mystical life.

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