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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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Radical Saints: 21 Women for the 21st Century

Radical Saints: Marianne Cope

Marianne Cope listened only to God, accepting and caring for people others feared or found distasteful and putting her own health at risk.

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Two cups of tea

Let Us Pray: Grace & Gratitude

Every once in a while, God shows us how to be his child.

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Chapel in Sedona, Arizona | dimitar donovski via unsplash

Let Us Pray: When Words Fall Short

How do I begin writing about prayer when I have not felt like praying?

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