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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: Jesus on Fasting and Penance

Early in the Gospel of Mark (2:18-22), Jesus runs into a series of conflicts with the Jewish religious leaders. One such conflict involved the law of fasting. We know that in all religions (and even secular organizations, for that matter) there are certain rituals and practices that identify a

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Sister Thea Bowman:
Her Song Goes On

On March 30, 2010, some 50 friends of Sister Thea Bowman gathered at her grave in Memphis, Tennessee, where she is buried beside her parents. She had died exactly 20 years earlier of bone cancer at age 52. At the graveside ceremony, Sister Thea, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was hailed as the

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: “Out of the Mouths of Babes” (Mt. 21:14-17)

There is a powerful scene in the Gospel of Matthew following the incident of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus goes immediately to the Temple to cast out the money changers and all the trappings of the marketplace. Jesus proclaimed the Temple to be a house of prayer, not

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ

Was the sin of Adam and Eve the main reason Christ came to save the world? Not really, says Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan theologian of the 13th century.John Duns Scotus was born in Scotland in 1266 and educated at England’s Oxford University. He was ordained a

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Reflections on the Luminous Mysteries

When Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the three already existing mysteries of the Rosary, my heart immediately responded with “Right on!” For years I had been puzzled with the “public ministry gap,” which, in my mind, had left a big hole in the traditional sequence

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations