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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: The Simple Truths of the Gospel

I don’t know if you ever thought of how short the four gospels are. If you printed each one out individually, they might almost be called “booklets.” For example, in the Bible I use, the Gospel of St. Mark is only 27 pages long, while St.

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Canticle of Brother Sun: All Creatures = One Family

As a Franciscan friar for over 50 years, I am very familiar with the stories of St. Francis of Assisi and animals. Many of you no doubt are familiar with the story of this brown-robed friar preaching to the birds. Or maybe that of his releasing Brother Rabbit from a

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: “Lord, When Will the World End?”

One of the most common questions people have about the end of the world is, simply, “What will happen in the future?” Given all the signs from which we cannot escape, the questions to ask might be, “Are we approaching the end of the world? Is this what Jesus was

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Be Merciful—Just as the Father Is

There is a startling statement in Luke’s account of Jesus’ sermon on the plain (6:36-38). He says, “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.” We are to be, as Jesus says, “like the Father.” We all limp through life with our failings; therefore, we can’t be the

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Delightful Book of Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs, which was written about 400 years before the birth of Jesus, covers only 32 pages in the Bible. These are wisdom sayings that were attributed to King Solomon, the son of King David. In fact, for many years, Proverbs had been called “The Book of Wisdom.”

Christopher Heffron

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