Minute Meditations

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Great Compassion

“Neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11). While Francis was on his journey to visit the sultan, he stayed overnight in an inn, where he was approached by a prostitute. St. Francis answered her: “If you wish me to do …

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The Gift of Alms

It is hard to depend on other people. We feel ashamed when we are in need and in turn shame those who need help from others, especially if they are “undeserving.”

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Come Follow Me

“This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29). Jonah was the stereotypical doomsday prophet proclaiming, “The end is near. Repent!” Francis stood …

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Our Daily Bread

Our world is far different than that of a medieval walled city, but the basic principles remain the same. We need to be mindful of those who seek work, but also of those who need basic food and shelter.

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The Least of These

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). If we followed only this verse in the Gospel, we would …

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Wrestling with Temptation

Our temptations aren’t likely to come to us from a mysterious figure in a deserted place. But often they revolve around the same basic human drives: hunger, emotional security, safety, status, ambition.

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We’re All Sinners

We find it difficult to admit when we’re wrong, when we’ve sinned. And it seems the more we try to live good Christian lives, the harder it gets to acknowledge how often we fail.

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