Friar’s E-Spirations: Will I See My Pet in Heaven?

The title of this E-spiration is also the title of a children’s edition of a book I wrote recently dealing with the question of whether we will see our pets again in the next life. In my experience, children are more ready than most adults to accept the

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries

With this E-spiration, I offer my reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries. They logically follow the final Luminous Mystery, namely, the Eucharist—the meal Jesus shared with his disciples shortly before his crucifixion.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Foundation of Our Lives

Jesus always used the simplest but most powerful images in his teachings. One time he startled people listening to him when he said, “It won’t matter if you call out ‘Lord, Lord’ when you die.” It won’t matter? It is interesting because people can be misled by their own estimation

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Theology of a Poet

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do have a favorite author and one who is deeply appreciated by many: Emily Dickinson. She lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the latter part of the 19th century. She was shy and lived a very reclusive life. During her 55 years,

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Hope

The loss of hope is a terrible thing. It can be lethal. But for most of us, a deficiency of hope shows itself in more subtle ways: discouragement, putting our trust in everything but God, or focusing too much on the negative in the world.This month, I find

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Generosity of God

Most of us are attuned to the issue of fairness. But what is interesting is how often people criticize God for not being fair. I’m reminded of Jesus’ parable about the workers who were hired to work all day and those hired at the end of the day. The parable

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