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

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Pope Francis Said What?

You may recall Pope Francis’ statement this past May concerning God’s love. First, the pope said: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! Even the atheists. Everyone!”That statement shook a lot of people

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Measure of Your Love for God

We like to quantify things. We want to measure whether we are advancing or falling behind. Maybe that’s why a particular statement caught my attention while I was praying the Office of Readings early one morning. The passage was from “On Spiritual Perfection,” written almost 1,600 years ago by Marcus

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus: The Good Shepherd

One of the most beloved images of Jesus is of him as the good shepherd. I have in mind a painting of a very handsome Jesus carrying a little sheep on his shoulders. It is a touching image that might bring up tender feelings from our past. But the reality

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Paradox of Holiness

It is understandable that most people struggle with the desire to be holy. And that struggle exists because of a misunderstanding of what holiness really is. The best way to understand holiness is to think of this basic fact: holiness is our relationship with God. In other words, we can’t

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Friar’s E-Spirations: ‘On the Way,’ Gratefully

In America, most of us have friendly relations with other Christians. We work on community projects and services together or have interfaith ministerial associations. We are grateful for how much we share in the Scriptures, beliefs, and values. But Christ wants more. He asks “that all may be one.” The

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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

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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

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Seed Planted Comes to Life

Few will deny that, in our past, there have been events—good and bad—which at the time may not have seemed significant, but years later greatly influence us: a significant teacher, a book we’ve read or an event we’ve witnessed. The Gospels are full of such moments in which people met

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Moment of Conversion

There are what we call “graced moments” in people’s lives. They can also be described as “the touch of God.” I suspect most of us have experienced such a moment more than once in our lives. After all, we are in God’s hands and God is always walking with us.

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Franciscan E-spirations