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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

Guest Author

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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.

Guest Author

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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: President Obama’s Speech to the Muslim World: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Convinced that violence and war was the wrong path, Francis determined to engage in peaceful dialogue with the sultan and the whole Muslim world. When he gained entrance to the sultan’s camp, Francis fearlessly tried to persuade his Muslim host that Christ was the true path to salvation.Although

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of the Eucharist

We believe that the host and wine when consecrated at Mass only appear to be bread and wine. In reality they are the Body and Blood of Jesus. Sometimes other Christians think Catholics are being cannibalistic in saying we “eat the Body and Blood of Jesus.” We are in fact

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Did the Good Samaritan Struggle?

We can be fairly certain that most of the people listening to Jesus’ parable of the Samaritan assisting the wounded Jew (Lk 10:25ff) were not pleased with his message. Jesus had just answered an important question put to him by a scholar of the Law: What is the greatest commandment?

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Honoring St. Clare of Assisi

It was August 11, 1993. I had just taken lunch at St. Francis Friary, our Franciscan headquarters across the street from the St. Anthony Messenger Press building. I have worked as an editor and writer there for many years. After lunch, I stopped to say a prayer in the friary

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Assumption of Mary

On November 1, 1951, Pope Pius XII declared Mary’s assumption into heaven at the end of her life as a doctrine of faith—a dogma for all Catholics. The question of Mary’s assumption into heaven had been discussed for many centuries prior to 1951. True, some notable theologians in the past

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations