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 Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches, or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. The Franciscan Coat of Arms often consists

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

Last month, in anticipation of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we talked about our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Churches. Looking back on his trip, I am amazed by what the pope accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit in just 55 hours. He took significant

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Most Reliable Understanding of Heaven

I have to say that I have never been to heaven and returned to describe it. But God has given us an understanding of what it will be like. Of course, heaven will be infinitely better than anything we can describe. The key element is that love is the central

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Revelations at the Beach

It was an idyllic scene. It could have been an Impressionist’s painting of families vacationing at the beach: August sun, white sand, gentle surf of the Gulf, blue sky, fathers building sand castles with their daughters, mothers lathering their sons with lotion, people of all ages walking the beach. It

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

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus Becomes a Brother to All Creatures

Next we look at Jesus’ coming at the end of time. We can do this by way of the haunting image of Christ found in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. In Revelation 3:20 we read: “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking. If you

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: A Meditation on the
Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms, painted somewhere, hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. The Franciscan coat of arms often consists

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus’ Special Friends

The Gospels relate many people Jesus met and talked to during his three-year ministry. Some were friends and co-workers, such as his apostles and closest disciples. There were special people whom he helped and who became his followers, such as Mary Magdalene, the first to witness the risen Jesus. But

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Relationships

The relationship between us and God is something far beyond our comprehension. Yet, because we are made in the image and likeness of God, somehow God has given us a hint of what that relationship means. He made us so that we could experience our own human relationships. In fact, we can’t

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations