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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

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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.

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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: The Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go into any of our Franciscan friaries, churches or convents, you will almost always find somewhere painted, hanging on a wall or over a doorway the Franciscan coat of arms. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. With the worldwide Franciscan

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

The Hope of Lent

Lent and the Power of Forgiveness

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. In my previous E-spiration (January 26, 2011), I offered several short Scripture passages for readers to ponder or contemplate. In a similar way, I offer here, for your heart’s enjoyment and contemplation, "The

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

The Face of Jesus

The Face of Jesus

We are all sinners. But with Jesus, we need never be afraid. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Lights Along My Path

I’m happy to inform you about my book, Lights Along My Path, published by Tao Publishing, LLC. This is a new version of a book I wrote originally in 1995, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press (Lights: Revelations of God’s Goodness). The subtitle of the new book is

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations