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

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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: The Power of the Eucharist

We believe that the host and wine when consecrated at Mass only appear to be bread and wine. In reality they are the Body and Blood of Jesus. Sometimes other Christians think Catholics are being cannibalistic in saying we “eat the Body and Blood of Jesus.” We are in fact

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Keep Things in Perspective

In the Gospel of Luke, there is a curious little scene shortly after Jesus began his public ministry. He had proclaimed that the “Spirit of the Lord” was upon him in the synagogue in Nazareth (Lk 4:18). Then his first real healing miracle took place at the home of Peter,

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Blessing of Animals

Every year, as the feast of St. Francis of Assisi draws near, many Franciscan churches—and indeed many other venues—invite the public to a variety of animal blessings.A short time ago, I was asked by a woman named Chris, whom I had not previously met, to bless her 12-year-old-dog,

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Relationships

The relationship between us and God is something far beyond our comprehension. Yet, because we are made in the image and likeness of God, somehow God has given us a hint of what that relationship means. He made us so that we could experience our own human relationships. In fact, we can’t

Christopher Heffron

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