Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Love

I discovered an amazing thing the other day. In the current Merriam-Webster Dictionary, there are over 400,000 words in the English language. If we add the new words coming from computer science, medicine, and other sciences, the number grows to over 900,000 words! Whatever happened to that little dictionary I

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Friar’s E-Spirations: New Life

It was a long, cold winter for many of us. It’s true that the plentiful snow blanketing our yards and fields for those months had a beauty and splendor all its own. And the bare tree limbs outlined against the sky showed their full grace. But what a joy it

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Friar’s E-Spirations: God Is Not the One Who Punishes

Over the centuries, changes in culture have affected the way believers—even the Church—view God. That is because it is natural for us to project human flaws and weaknesses directly onto God, as absurd as that must seem.It is common for religious people to attribute natural disasters as a

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Friar’s E-Spirations: God Needs You!

The title of this E-spiration may strike some as rather strange and even unorthodox. After all, we know that God is infinite in wisdom, knowledge, and goodness. But it would be incorrect to say that God doesn’t need anything or anyone. We say that because of the most perfect definition

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Living the Works of Mercy

On February 8, we celebrated the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, whose life was burdened with many wrongs. She was kidnapped when she was 7, sold into slavery, and resold several times, bearing a lot of abuse along the way. In 1883, Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan, bought

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life

As many of you may remember, my place of work is St. Anthony Messenger Press in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. My second-floor office in the St. Anthony Messenger building is located directly across a small side street from St. Francis Seraph Church and Friary, which is the headquarters or

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Church’s Prayers for the Dying Christian

For me, such a visit is always a graced-filled moment, because I am so much aware of the loving care the Church gives to one about to enter eternity. For eleven years, I was Pastoral Care Director for a large Midwestern retirement and nursing center. There were between 80 and 90 deaths

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Mother’s Day: Mother’s Love

It’s difficult to believe that we haven’t always had Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States. Through the hard work of Anna Jarvis, momentum gathered for a special day for mothers. In fact West Virginia was the first state to celebrate such a day in 1912. Finally, in 1914, President

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Friar’s E-Spirations: John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ, Part Two

I would like to add a few thoughts to the E-spiration I wrote last month regarding John Duns Scotus’ teaching that Christ is the final goal of creation. Indeed, Christ provides the pattern and model for the whole of creation. The Letters of St. Paul, moreover, speak about Christ’s primacy

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Friar’s E-Spirations: God’s Love for All of Us

Some of Jesus’ parables are long and difficult to interpret at times. But there are other times when the images Jesus uses make his teachings clear as crystal.In Matthew’s Gospel (18:1-5), there is a teaching that was prompted by a question from Jesus’ apostles. It’s important to realize

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