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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: Breathing with Two Lungs

From May 24 to 26, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He will pray at the shrines made holy by Jesus and Mary. He will also meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of Pope Paul

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The God Who Never Gives Up

Luke’s Gospel deals with, in part, God’s love and care for the sinner. A very powerful example is found in the first verse of chapter 15. Luke writes: “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” Tax collectors were despised by the Jewish population. These men

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Loving—Graciously

I shared last month how inspired I was by St. Francis of Assisi praising God in all creation and what a joy it is for me to walk outside and soak in the beauty of God’s world. Pope Francis began his new encyclical by quoting “The Canticle of Creatures” by

Christopher Heffron

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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

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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

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