Friar’s E-Spirations: St. Joseph

One of the true blessings of our Catholic faith is our knowledge and friendship with the saints of God. Far from “getting in the way” of God, they reveal God’s goodness and love for all of us. What is nice about saints is that, in reality, they were just like

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: My Friend Murray

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of ‘Yes’

Most people remember this famous tongue twister from Mary Poppins: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It has no meaning beyond being a ridiculously long word. A big word doesn’t mean it is important or significant. But take the simple word yes. If you think about it, this little word has affected the lives of

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Breathing with Two Lungs

From May 24 to 26, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He will pray at the shrines made holy by Jesus and Mary. He will also meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of Pope Paul

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The God Who Never Gives Up

Luke’s Gospel deals with, in part, God’s love and care for the sinner. A very powerful example is found in the first verse of chapter 15. Luke writes: “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” Tax collectors were despised by the Jewish population. These men

Christopher Heffron

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Loving—Graciously

I shared last month how inspired I was by St. Francis of Assisi praising God in all creation and what a joy it is for me to walk outside and soak in the beauty of God’s world. Pope Francis began his new encyclical by quoting “The Canticle of Creatures” by

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

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