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: 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

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

We believe that the host and wine when consecrated at Mass only appear to be bread and wine. In reality they are the Body and Blood of Jesus. Sometimes other Christians think Catholics are being cannibalistic in saying we “eat the Body and Blood of Jesus.” We are in fact

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Did the Good Samaritan Struggle?

We can be fairly certain that most of the people listening to Jesus’ parable of the Samaritan assisting the wounded Jew (Lk 10:25ff) were not pleased with his message. Jesus had just answered an important question put to him by a scholar of the Law: What is the greatest commandment?

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Honoring St. Clare of Assisi

It was August 11, 1993. I had just taken lunch at St. Francis Friary, our Franciscan headquarters across the street from the St. Anthony Messenger Press building. I have worked as an editor and writer there for many years. After lunch, I stopped to say a prayer in the friary

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: The Assumption of Mary

On November 1, 1951, Pope Pius XII declared Mary’s assumption into heaven at the end of her life as a doctrine of faith—a dogma for all Catholics. The question of Mary’s assumption into heaven had been discussed for many centuries prior to 1951. True, some notable theologians in the past

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

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

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