A look at Lent with Friar Jim

A Friar Reflects on the Hope of Lent

Lent is a time to take stock of our lives and show God that we are grateful for the gift of faith. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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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

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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: Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

No doubt many of you would love to know the answer to the question asked at the top of this E-spiration. I’m pleased to inform you that I have just written a new book on this subject. The book (published in late April 2009 by Paraclete Press) is entitled Will

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Who Wrote the Peace Prayer of St. Francis?

Few prayers are more popular around the world and better loved than the “Peace Prayer of St. Francis.” Nearly everyone recognizes a happy harmony between the words of this prayer and the generous, joy-filled and peace-loving spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. As we prepare for the October 4 Feast

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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