Friar’s E-Spirations: ‘I See His Blood Upon the Rose’

I have reflected upon this poem in past E-spirations, but it’s such a prayerful poem that I wanted to revisit it.“I See His Blood Upon the Rose” is a perfect reminder of God’s great gift of love as revealed through the suffering and rising of Jesus Christ, the

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Other Nine Lepers

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus meets 10 lepers as he travels to Jerusalem. He sends them on their way with the exhortation to show themselves to the priests. All of them are cured on the way, but only one, a Samaritan, returns to thank Jesus. Many of us probably feel good

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Making God Too Small

I’m saddened when people see God as small. They may be talking about guilt or fears or worries. But they make God seem so unsympathetic, unforgiving, distant, or demanding. That is not the Father that Jesus told us about. Maybe they’ve had poor formation or have not experienced God’s love

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: New, Fresh, Transformed!

The days before Pentecost (May 24) energize me because they focus on the wonders of the Spirit and the gifts for us as a family, parish, country, and world. We need these gifts to understand, communicate, work together, trust, and love each other. The Spirit enables us “to renew the

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: A Magnificent and Simple Faith

On my shelf is a marvelous book entitled the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). It is a large book—about 800 pages. There is one adaptation called The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which isn’t as dense, but is still substantial. This book, published by the United States Conference

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Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go into any of our Franciscan friaries, churches or convents, you will almost always find somewhere painted, hanging on a wall or over a doorway the Franciscan coat of arms. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. With the worldwide Franciscan

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Franciscan E-spirations

The Hope of Lent

Lent and the Power of Forgiveness

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. In my previous E-spiration (January 26, 2011), I offered several short Scripture passages for readers to ponder or contemplate. In a similar way, I offer here, for your heart’s enjoyment and contemplation, "The

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Franciscan E-spirations

The Face of Jesus

The Face of Jesus

We are all sinners. But with Jesus, we need never be afraid. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Lights Along My Path

I’m happy to inform you about my book, Lights Along My Path, published by Tao Publishing, LLC. This is a new version of a book I wrote originally in 1995, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press (Lights: Revelations of God’s Goodness). The subtitle of the new book is

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Franciscan E-spirations