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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

Franciscan E-spirations

Thoughts on Praying Simply

Sometimes the deepest prayers are the simplest. By Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar Jack on Christian/Muslim Dialogue

When Saint Francis spoke with Sultan Malek-el-Kamel, he laid the groundwork for peace.

Jack Wintz, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Relationship With Our Deceased

We are all aware of the rise of criticism atheists are leveling at all religions, but in particular at Christianity. For example, there’s the movie by Bill Maher, “Religulous” (an obvious play on the word “ridiculous”), in which he interviews a number of Christians. Some indeed have very extreme

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Pope Benedict XVI Puts St. Anthony in Spotlight

St. Anthony of Padua won glowing attention from Pope Benedict XVI during a general audience at the Vatican on February 10, 2010. One thing you will notice as your read through the pope's well-developed overview of Anthony's life is that Benedict is quite interested in seeing Anthony as a theologian.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: St. Anthony and the Albigensian Heresy

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was a Franciscan friar who spent a number of years as a traveling preacher. Besides preaching in many parts of Italy, Anthony also spent a year or two preaching in southern France. There, just as in Italy, St. Anthony ran into Christians who had begun

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: St. Joseph

One of the true blessings of our Catholic faith is our knowledge and friendship with the saints of God. Far from “getting in the way” of God, they reveal God’s goodness and love for all of us. What is nice about saints is that, in reality, they were just like

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: My Friend Murray

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations