Friends are gifts from God.

We Are Family

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

Jeremy Harrington, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Franciscan E-spirations

Thoughts on Praying Simply

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

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar Jack on Christian/Muslim Dialogue

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

Jack Wintz, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Franciscan E-spirations

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: Peter: The Failure Jesus Could Only Love

Far be it from me to put words into Jesus’ mouth, but I can easily imagine someone asking Jesus, near the end of his ministry, just what he thought about Peter. Peter was the first chosen by Jesus and the leader of the twelve. I imagine Jesus saying something like, “Peter

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Power Failures

One of the sure signs of maturity occurs when a young person begins to be accountable for his or her acts and decisions. Excuses such as “I just forgot, Mom” are heard much less often. It’s one of the nicest presents a young person can give his or her parents.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Beatitudes: Eight Attitudes That Open Us to God’s Saving Love

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus does not comfort the proud, but those broken in spirit. He assures them that they are the true recipients of God’s saving love. In the Old Testament, God’s poor are called the anawim, the Hebrew

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations