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Saint Francis of Assisi on horeseback

Growing In Faith Like St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was always a saint, right? Absolutely wrong! In his teens and early 20s, he often found God’s ways to be an obstacle to the generous life for which he would much later be revered.

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Let Us Pray: My Mother’s Voice

We are all God’s children. If I discriminate or hate someone—for reasons of race, gender, capabilities, or lack thereof—it is not that person who is broken. It is me.

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Woman praying outside

When Praying Is Difficult

As Catholic Christians, we know that we are called to be people who pray. And as a matter of fact, through our earliest years we have been taught to pray.

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Wheat in a field

The Rich Man and His Harvest: A Gospel Parable

There are 18 parables in the Gospel of Luke. One of the shortest ones contains one of the most powerful messages.

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Relief on stone of a dove with a twig, the Christian symbol of the Holy Spirit, as well as symbolic rebirth and traditional secular symbol for peace.

The Peaceful Spirit of St. Francis

In his writings and in the early biographies of St. Francis, he emerges as a person formed and informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? How do we even begin to live the Gospel, as he did, in our own time? 

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Woman pauses to breathe | Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

10 Commandments of Holistic Health

Holistic health seeks to bridge the gap between the mind and the spirit.

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Jesus and his disciples

How Jesus Avoided Burnout

Jesus set the example for addressing stress and fear.

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