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We Are Family

Each of us is unique, special, and precious in God’s eyes. By Jeremy Harrington, OFM

Jeremy Harrington, OFM

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A Time for Silence

For many people in today’s world, time for personal silence has been stolen. It’s time to recover this treasure. By Jeremy Harrington, OFM

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Thoughts on Praying Simply

Sometimes the deepest prayers are the simplest. By Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Friar Greg’s Take on Halloween

Ever wonder about how the Halloween holiday began? Greg Friedman, OFM, explains the Christian background to this popular secular observance.

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Friar Jack on Christian/Muslim Dialogue

When Saint Francis spoke with Sultan Malek-el-Kamel, he laid the groundwork for peace.

Jack Wintz, OFM

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Friar’s E-Spirations: How to Rid the World of Evil

Since the beginning of human history, violence and bloody warfare have been among humanity’s most common ways of eliminating those seen as enemies. And in recent decades, we have not found better methods, or so it seems, of eliminating these opponents. Our “enemies” are still there, despite the escalation of

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: An Important Question for Fathers

I want to wish all the fathers and grandfathers who might read these words a very special and happy Father’s Day! The women and mothers who read this might want to pass it on to the fathers in your family.

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ, Part Three

Here is my third and final reflection regarding Blessed John Duns Scotus and his view of Christ.To quote Meister Eckhart, a medieval Dominican theologian who died in 1327, there has been only “one word” spoken by the Father, namely, the Son of God, “and in that single word,

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the Canaanite woman who begs him to release her little girl from demonic possession (15:28ff). Jesus’ first response is silence, and we are struck by how out of character that is for him. No response

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus and the Moth

Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew’s Gospel contain Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These chapters contain about 101 verses and are considered a basic summary of Jesus’ teaching for anyone wishing to become his disciple. There is no question that Jesus’ words are simple yet profound. For example: “Blessed

Christopher Heffron

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