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Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States. As such, it’s a great time to recognize the contributions of Black Americans in the Catholic Church.

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Trappist Father Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century, is pictured in an undated photo. "The Advent mystery in our own lives is the beginning of the end of all, in us, that is not yet Christ," Merton wrote in his essay, "Advent: Hope or Delusion?" (CNS photo/Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University)

The Friends of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton continues to exercise an “apostolate of friendship,” bringing people together across many divides.

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Woman looking at the sunrise | Image: Unsplash

Making God Too Small

At the start of any year, I am usually focused on St. Francis of Assisi and his wonderful appreciation of God and the natural world.

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Painting of Saint Francis of Assisi and a dove

St. Francis of Assisi’s Song of Praise

We could simply say that Francis’ prayer life was, “My God and my all!” and stop at that. Everything that can be stated about prayer in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi is expressed in those four little words.

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Do Animals Go To Heaven?

In Genesis 1:31, it reads: “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Indeed, all that God does is truly good. And among those good works are humans, animals, and plants. God is life itself, and we could argue that once God gives life, he would not destroy it.

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A homeless woman holds a container bearing a sign reading "Please Help Me" as she begs for money on a street in Sydney Oct. 28, 2016. In a pre-election statement, Australian bishops did not endorse an political platform, but said voters should consider candidates who might prioritize people who need palliative care, those in low-paying and insecure jobs, First Nations peoples, asylum-seekers and refugees. (CNS photo/David Gray, Reuters)

Notes from a Friar: Loving the ‘Least of Us’

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it.

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Mosaic of Saint Francis de Sales | St. Francis de Sales exemplified a life of prayer and religious zeal.

St. Francis de Sales: Champion of Prayer

As a prayer coach, St. Francis de Sales encourages us to jump in and swim in the grace of God.

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