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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

Guest Author

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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.

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: The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life

Jesus’ role as a communicator of the Holy Spirit did not end at his passion and death. A major part of Jesus’ mission was to confer the spirit and the spirit’s guidance upon his followers after his death. In John’s Gospel, Jesus assures the disciples that after he

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Reality of Eternal Life

We just celebrated the greatest feast of our faith—the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Without the Resurrection, there would be no Christianity. Jesus would be remembered as a wonderful man, even a prophet. But it is the Resurrection that is the ultimate proof that he is the Son of God. That makes

Christopher Heffron

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

God Is Love

Letting God Love Us

Saint Irenaeus was right when he wrote, “God’s glory is the human person fully alive!” By Jack Wintz, OFM

Jack Wintz, OFM

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Franciscan Media Launches Digital Magazine

A few months ago, the company I work for, Franciscan Media, ventured into new territory with the publication of a new digital magazine, Liberty + Vine. I sat down with the editor, Susan Hines-Brigger, to talk about this exciting project.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations