Friar’s E-Spirations: A Joyous Reunion

I have a good time thinking about those I hope to meet in heaven. I hope you do, too!I take time to revel in happy memories of those who have gone before me. I remember those who loved me and whom I loved—family, friends, fellow friars, the wise

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Hiding from God

The response of Adam and Eve to their tragic sin would be almost comical if it didn’t indicate how we deal with guilt and try to hide—or at least hide our sin—from God. “When they heard . . . the Lord God moving about in the garden . . .

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Offering Up Our Suffering

I suspect that most of my readers have heard of the expression “offering it up.” Someone asked me just what it means. It was a good question. There is a fundamental truth that helps us understand this expression. In all of God’s creation, there is a single word that describes

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