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Richard Rohr on Praying like Saint Francis

PRAYER is something that people of all religious traditions understand as a necessary component of holy living. And yet somehow, the mystical path is often seen as accessible only to those in religious life, especially members of cloistered or monastic communities. Drawing upon Sts. Francis of Assisi, Clare, Anthony, and Bonaventure; Q: Do we run the risk with prayers of petition, which is how many of us pray, of setting ourselves up as better informed than God? A: Jesus says that: “Why do you babble on like the pagans do? God already knows what you need.” Q: At an October 2012 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exploring the theme of “Franciscan Mysticism: I Am That Which I Am Seeking,” Father Richard Rohr, OFM, pointed to key Franciscan mystics who explored and helped shape Franciscanism for generations. St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) ? Theologian and philosopher, declared a doctor

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John XXIII and John Paul II: Beloved Saints

“To canonize them both,” says Pope Francis, “will be a message to the Church.” A leading Church historian tells us why. By Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD

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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington is seen Jan. 31. The court sent a Texas death-row case back to lower courts March 28, saying the inmate's intellectual disability should prevent his execution. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SCOTUS-DEATH-PENALTY-IQ March 29, 2017.

Sister Helen Prejean: 20 Years after ‘Dead Man Walking’

State by state, capital punishment is being repealed. This longtime death-penalty opponent gives us a progress report. By John Feister

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to visit the tomb of influential 20th century Italian priest Father Primo Mazzolari June 20 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Bozzolo, Italy. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-BOZZOLO-BARBIANA June 20, 2017.

A Jesuit Pope with a Franciscan Heart

When the Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Buenos Aires, was elected pope and took the name Francis, the world was enthralled—and intrigued, too. By Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD

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Big Faith in the Big Easy

Husband, father, philanthropist, and TV star: Chef John Besh knows the ingredients to a happy life. By Peter Finney Jr.

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Crown of Thorns

Darkness and Light: A Reflection on Good Friday

Kathy Coffey

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Made in God’s Image

Our bodies are sacred gifts. Handle with care. By Kate Wicker

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Saint Paul at the Vatican

‘Sincerely Yours, Paul’

Saint Paul’s letters to two coworkers and a friend have helped countless Christians over the centuries. By Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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I Was Homeless

BIBLE READING has gotten me into trouble over and over again. This began to happen when I went to live in subsidized housing for two years. There, the social worker, who was the assistant to the director, threatened me with a day-treatment program for the mental health-challenged because, as she said, I was “reading that book so much.”

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St. Francis and the Incarnation

Saint Francis and the Incarnation

Jesus became one of us to help us share in divine life. Christmas celebrates that. By John Quigley, OFM

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