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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

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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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Saint Francis and the Birds

We often associate Saint Francis of Assisi with birds. There are 13th-century stories of Francis preaching to birds in trees.

Jack Wintz, OFM

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Simple Truths of the Gospel

I don’t know if you ever thought of how short the four gospels are. If you printed each one out individually, they might almost be called “booklets.” For example, in the Bible I use, the Gospel of St. Mark is only 27 pages long, while St.

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Church’s Prayers for the Dying Christian

For me, such a visit is always a graced-filled moment, because I am so much aware of the loving care the Church gives to one about to enter eternity. For eleven years, I was Pastoral Care Director for a large Midwestern retirement and nursing center. There were between 80 and 90 deaths

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd

For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this E-spiration, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Moment of Conversion

There are what we call “graced moments” in people’s lives. They can also be described as “the touch of God.” I suspect most of us have experienced such a moment more than once in our lives. After all, we are in God’s hands and God is always walking with us.

Christopher Heffron

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