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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

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

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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

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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: Similar Traits of St. Anthony and St. Francis

In approximately two weeks, we celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13. This is the date on which he died in 1231, some five years after the death of St. Francis. Because we are still celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Order

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Where Is the Lord?

The question above sounds strange coming from a person of faith. Yet, I believe there are few Christians who have never uttered that question when in a state of difficulty and trial. They may not be demanding a miracle; rather just looking for a little help from God who seems

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Reflections on the Stigmata

The Greek word stigma means “a scar left by a hot iron: brand,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Eleventh Edition). Stigmata—the plural form of the same Greek word—can also mean “bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ.” This provides a basic background for understanding the mysterious phenomenon of

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: It’s the Rock Foundation That Matters

One of the beautiful characteristics of Jesus’ teachings is that his examples are easy to understand and down to earth. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out what he is saying. Even a child can grasp what Jesus means. Jesus once spoke of how some people miss

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Memories of Padua

As the feast of St. Anthony (June 13) draws near, my memories go back to Padua where I spent several days in 2006. I had the opportunity to stay for a few days in the large friary of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. The friary stands right next to the magnificent

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations