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

Friar’s E-Spirations: ‘I See His Blood Upon the Rose’

I have reflected upon this poem in past E-spirations, but it’s such a prayerful poem that I wanted to revisit it.“I See His Blood Upon the Rose” is a perfect reminder of God’s great gift of love as revealed through the suffering and rising of Jesus Christ, the

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Franciscan E-spirations

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