Friar’s E-Spirations: Life Is like Parachuting

Margaret Mead, the famed social anthropologist, coined a very thought-provoking statement. She said: “Living is like parachuting. You have to do it right the first time!” There is hardly a truer statement than that. We have only one life to live. We live, we die, and then we experience eternity.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: President Obama’s Speech to the Muslim World: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Convinced that violence and war was the wrong path, Francis determined to engage in peaceful dialogue with the sultan and the whole Muslim world. When he gained entrance to the sultan’s camp, Francis fearlessly tried to persuade his Muslim host that Christ was the true path to salvation.Although

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of the Eucharist

We believe that the host and wine when consecrated at Mass only appear to be bread and wine. In reality they are the Body and Blood of Jesus. Sometimes other Christians think Catholics are being cannibalistic in saying we “eat the Body and Blood of Jesus.” We are in fact

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Did the Good Samaritan Struggle?

We can be fairly certain that most of the people listening to Jesus’ parable of the Samaritan assisting the wounded Jew (Lk 10:25ff) were not pleased with his message. Jesus had just answered an important question put to him by a scholar of the Law: What is the greatest commandment?

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Virtue of Respect

Sometimes words are used so often they lose their meaning. In our society, “respect” is one of those words. It seems everyone wants and demands respect. Woody Allen, in one of his movies, describes a man with these words: “This man is an utter fake, is lazy, stubborn and not

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Kingdom of God

There is much in the news these days about the New Evangelization. This E-spiration on the kingdom of God is at the heart of what Evangelization is all about. According to the prominent theologian, Father Richard P. McBrien, the kingdom of God can be defined as “the redemptive

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: St. Anthony of Padua

This month we celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13. St. Anthony is probably one of the most revered saints in the Church calendar.Anthony faced several startling paradoxes. A paradox is defined as “a situation or event that appears to be of one value,

Christopher Heffron

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Anthony and Francis Loved Creation

Let us love all of creation, as Saints Francis and Anthony did. By Jack Wintz, OFM

Jack Wintz, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations