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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

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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: Not Fear but Love

We end the Church year on Sunday, November 23, with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He is the Lord of the cosmos and of history, the light of the nations, and still calls each of us by name and loves us. That’s more than

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: How Many Languages Does God Speak?

I know it sounds like a strange question, but there is a reason for it. Sometimes we place restrictions on God when it comes to his ability to communicate. God has no limits, yet it is easy to project our weaknesses onto God. When we see nothing but tragedy in

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Difficulties With Prayer

As Catholic Christians, we know that we are called to be people who pray. And as a matter of fact, through our earliest years we have been taught to pray. Most of us remember repeating prayers our parents taught us when we were very young as they sat on the

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Christian Creeds:
They’re Really Documents of Love

A few years ago, I began reflecting upon the Apostles' Creed from the viewpoint of God’s overflowing love. Everything God, our heavenly Creator, has done for us has been done out of love. And this is especially true as revealed to us through God the Son—through the life, death and

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: St. Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix

St. Francis' Prayer Before the Crucifix Most Highglorious God,enlighten the darknessof my heart.Give me right faith,sure hopeand perfect charity.Fill me with understandingand knowledgethat I may fulfillyour command. I have often reflected on this

Christopher Heffron

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