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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: John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ, Part Three

Here is my third and final reflection regarding Blessed John Duns Scotus and his view of Christ.To quote Meister Eckhart, a medieval Dominican theologian who died in 1327, there has been only “one word” spoken by the Father, namely, the Son of God, “and in that single word,

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the Canaanite woman who begs him to release her little girl from demonic possession (15:28ff). Jesus’ first response is silence, and we are struck by how out of character that is for him. No response

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus and the Moth

Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew’s Gospel contain Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These chapters contain about 101 verses and are considered a basic summary of Jesus’ teaching for anyone wishing to become his disciple. There is no question that Jesus’ words are simple yet profound. For example: “Blessed

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Deepest Relationship Is with God

Last month, I wrote about the deeply felt experience we can have with one another. Given that we are created in God’s own image and likeness, it is not an exaggeration to say that these human relationships are God-like. This month, I want to reflect the ultimate basis for those

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Most Reliable Understanding of Heaven

I have to say that I have never been to heaven and returned to describe it. But God has given us an understanding of what it will be like. Of course, heaven will be infinitely better than anything we can describe. The key element is that love is the central

Christopher Heffron

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