Friar’s E-Spirations: Our Christian Creeds:
They’re Really Documents of Love

A few years ago, I began reflecting upon the Apostles' Creed from the viewpoint of God’s overflowing love. Everything God, our heavenly Creator, has done for us has been done out of love. And this is especially true as revealed to us through God the Son—through the life, death and

Christopher Heffron

Franciscan E-spirations

Friar’s E-Spirations: Reflections on the Stigmata

The Greek word stigma means “a scar left by a hot iron: brand,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Eleventh Edition). Stigmata—the plural form of the same Greek word—can also mean “bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ.” This provides a basic background for understanding the mysterious phenomenon of

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus’ Special Friends

The Gospels relate many people Jesus met and talked to during his three-year ministry. Some were friends and co-workers, such as his apostles and closest disciples. There were special people whom he helped and who became his followers, such as Mary Magdalene, the first to witness the risen Jesus. But

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Relationships

The relationship between us and God is something far beyond our comprehension. Yet, because we are made in the image and likeness of God, somehow God has given us a hint of what that relationship means. He made us so that we could experience our own human relationships. In fact, we can’t

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Franciscan E-spirations

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

With this E-spiration on the Glorious Mysteries, we meet our goal which started on June 13, 2012, to reflect on each of the mysteries of the Rosary. And now, with this reflection on the Glorious Mysteries, we have prayerfully covered 20 key events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Amazing Numbers

How complex are our lives? If you really think about that question, the answer is beyond our wildest imagination.For example, consider Abraham of the Old Testament: the father of the Israelites. His descendants were Isaac, Jacob, and Judah. Scripture scholars estimate that about 42 generations later, Jesus was

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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

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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

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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

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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