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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: The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life

Jesus’ role as a communicator of the Holy Spirit did not end at his passion and death. A major part of Jesus’ mission was to confer the spirit and the spirit’s guidance upon his followers after his death. In John’s Gospel, Jesus assures the disciples that after he

Christopher Heffron

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The Hope of Lent

Lent and the Power of Forgiveness

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Stepping Stones Toward Contemplative Union

Several years ago I heard a spiritual writer describe contemplative prayer as “conscious union with God.” If I remember correctly, the writer was Father William Johnston, S.J. I would

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Virtue of Respect

Sometimes words are used so often they lose their meaning. In our society, “respect” is one of those words. It seems everyone wants and demands respect. Woody Allen, in one of his movies, describes a man with these words: “This man is an utter fake, is lazy, stubborn and not

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Kingdom of God

There is much in the news these days about the New Evangelization. This E-spiration on the kingdom of God is at the heart of what Evangelization is all about. According to the prominent theologian, Father Richard P. McBrien, the kingdom of God can be defined as “the redemptive

Christopher Heffron

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