Friar’s E-Spirations: My God and My All!

The first follower of St. Francis of Assisi was Bernard of Quintavalle. Bernard admired Francis and felt a deep desire to follow him. But before taking his first step to become a committed follower, Bernard wanted to make sure that Francis was truly a holy and pious man.So

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Psalm 36: Sin Speaks to the Sinner

The Book of Psalms was composed many centuries before Jesus’ time. The psalms are beautiful prayers that fit every condition and circumstance of life. They praise the Lord’s goodness and cry out in complaint and despair for the suffering we experience. The Book of Psalms, inspired as it is by

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Mysterious Workings of Grace

When speaking of the word grace, it is important to clarify what grace really is. Grace is not something that we get from God. Grace is actually God working within our whole person. Sometimes you hear people speak as though God would ladle out grace. Rather, grace is the presence

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Unexpected

God calls each of us by name, and sometimes God asks us to do something we never expected to do. To say yes demands trust and faith in God. A prime example is the couple from Nazareth: Joseph and Mary. We remember each of them this month—Joseph on the 19th

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Size Doesn’t Matter, Really

In our society, it seems that everything has to be bigger or the greatest. “More is more,” as they say. But the truth is this: size is not really that important.If we want to consider something really big, all we need do is think of the universe. It’s

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Past—Graces or Regrets

There is a dramatic scene in John’s Gospel shortly after Jesus’ Resurrection. Jesus asked Peter a question, “Peter, do you love me?” A strange question, really! Recall that Peter had abandoned Jesus in his time of need even though just hours before at the Last Supper, he was protesting that

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Giving Glory Back to God

Most of us who are Christian are well acquainted with the familiar prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” This prayer is known as a doxology

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Time for Some Peace and Quiet

Once again, Christmas has come and gone. If your yuletide has been filled with lots of hustle and bustle, you are probably ready for some quiet time. In short, you may be longing for a little time of silence and reflection—in other words, for contemplative prayer.

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Virtue of Respect

Sometimes words are used so often they lose their meaning. In our society, “respect” is one of those words. It seems everyone wants and demands respect. Woody Allen, in one of his movies, describes a man with these words: “This man is an utter fake, is lazy, stubborn and not

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Kingdom of God

There is much in the news these days about the New Evangelization. This E-spiration on the kingdom of God is at the heart of what Evangelization is all about. According to the prominent theologian, Father Richard P. McBrien, the kingdom of God can be defined as “the redemptive

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