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We Are Family

Each of us is unique, special, and precious in God’s eyes. By 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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Who Wrote the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis?

Saint Francis' Peace Prayer provides rich material for spiritual reflection.

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life

As many of you may remember, my place of work is St. Anthony Messenger Press in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. My second-floor office in the St. Anthony Messenger building is located directly across a small side street from St. Francis Seraph Church and Friary, which is the headquarters or

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Way of the Cross

We come to walk with you, Jesus, confident that following your journey to the cross will lead us closer to God’s loving heart. In your bruised face and wounded body, we have a powerful image of God’s extraordinary care for us. Saints like Francis of Assisi shed streams of tears as they contemplated

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Friar’s E-Spirations: A Meditation on the
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If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms, painted somewhere, hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. The Franciscan coat of arms often consists

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