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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.

Guest Author

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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: A Grain of Sand

Several months ago, I wrote a column entitled “Just a moment, please.” In it I spoke of the unbelievable significance a single moment can have in our lives: Mary’s “fiat” when God asked her to become the mother of the word of God. At that moment, the entire direction of

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Peter: The Failure Jesus Could Only Love

Far be it from me to put words into Jesus’ mouth, but I can easily imagine someone asking Jesus, near the end of his ministry, just what he thought about Peter. Peter was the first chosen by Jesus and the leader of the twelve. I imagine Jesus saying something like, “Peter

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Power Failures

One of the sure signs of maturity occurs when a young person begins to be accountable for his or her acts and decisions. Excuses such as “I just forgot, Mom” are heard much less often. It’s one of the nicest presents a young person can give his or her parents.

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: It’s the Rock Foundation That Matters

One of the beautiful characteristics of Jesus’ teachings is that his examples are easy to understand and down to earth. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out what he is saying. Even a child can grasp what Jesus means. Jesus once spoke of how some people miss

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Memories of Padua

As the feast of St. Anthony (June 13) draws near, my memories go back to Padua where I spent several days in 2006. I had the opportunity to stay for a few days in the large friary of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. The friary stands right next to the magnificent

Christopher Heffron

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