Friar’s E-Spirations: The God of the Old and New Testaments

People often wonder about the way God is described in the Old Testament—and the contrasting way Jesus spoke of God in the Gospels. Common descriptions of God (often used by nonbelievers) are that of cruel and vicious. It’s as if God changed from the Old to the New Testament. One

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: I Will Never Take Back My Love

It was recently Valentine’s Day. The title of this E-spiration would be a good message for a Valentine. Actually, “I will never take back my love,” is a message from God in Psalm 89. The words struck me as I was praying the Office of Readings. They are appropriate for

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Pope Francis: What a Visit!

It’s been a few weeks since Pope Francis completed his astounding visit to the United States. I don’t know if any of you made it to Washington, DC, New York, or Philadelphia, but if you did, I imagine your experiences were very special. I was content and grateful to find

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Where Is the Lord?

The question above sounds strange coming from a person of faith. Yet, I believe there are few Christians who have never uttered that question when in a state of difficulty and trial. They may not be demanding a miracle; rather just looking for a little help from God who seems

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Power Failures

One of the sure signs of maturity occurs when a young person begins to be accountable for his or her acts and decisions. Excuses such as “I just forgot, Mom” are heard much less often. It’s one of the nicest presents a young person can give his or her parents.

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Blessing of Animals

Every year, as the feast of St. Francis of Assisi draws near, many Franciscan churches—and indeed many other venues—invite the public to a variety of animal blessings.A short time ago, I was asked by a woman named Chris, whom I had not previously met, to bless her 12-year-old-dog,

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

With this E-spiration, I am offering brief meditations on the Five Joyful Mysteries. My long-range plan is to share similar reflections on each of the four Mysteries of the Rosary. Thus, after the Joyful Mysteries, we will move on to the Luminous, the Sorrowful, and the Glorious Mysteries. But these

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Paradox of Holiness

Our lived faith is filled with paradoxes—events in our lives that may seem to mean one thing but actually mean the opposite. An almost universal tendency is to judge our relationship with the Lord in terms of how we feel or experience that relationship—positive or negative. We know that one

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Saint Francis Makes Bethlehem Real

Saint Francis of Assisi was passionate about making the birth of Jesus real to us. By Jeremy Harrington, OFM

Jeremy Harrington, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: My Three Beloved Worlds

Some months ago, I read My Beloved World, the memoir of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She recounts growing up in a Cuban-American family in the Bronx. When she was 7, she was giving herself insulin shots for diabetes. Her life had challenges, but was still beloved.More recently,

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations