Friar’s E-Spirations: The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life

As many of you may remember, my place of work is St. Anthony Messenger Press in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. My second-floor office in the St. Anthony Messenger building is located directly across a small side street from St. Francis Seraph Church and Friary, which is the headquarters or

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Church’s Prayers for the Dying Christian

For me, such a visit is always a graced-filled moment, because I am so much aware of the loving care the Church gives to one about to enter eternity. For eleven years, I was Pastoral Care Director for a large Midwestern retirement and nursing center. There were between 80 and 90 deaths

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd

For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this E-spiration, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble

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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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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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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 Other Nine Lepers

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus meets 10 lepers as he travels to Jerusalem. He sends them on their way with the exhortation to show themselves to the priests. All of them are cured on the way, but only one, a Samaritan, returns to thank Jesus. Many of us probably feel good

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Making God Too Small

I’m saddened when people see God as small. They may be talking about guilt or fears or worries. But they make God seem so unsympathetic, unforgiving, distant, or demanding. That is not the Father that Jesus told us about. Maybe they’ve had poor formation or have not experienced God’s love

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Friar’s E-Spirations: New, Fresh, Transformed!

The days before Pentecost (May 24) energize me because they focus on the wonders of the Spirit and the gifts for us as a family, parish, country, and world. We need these gifts to understand, communicate, work together, trust, and love each other. The Spirit enables us “to renew the

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Friar’s E-Spirations: A Magnificent and Simple Faith

On my shelf is a marvelous book entitled the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). It is a large book—about 800 pages. There is one adaptation called The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which isn’t as dense, but is still substantial. This book, published by the United States Conference

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