January 2024

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Dear Reader: A Time of Renewal

One of my favorite parts of the New Year is opening my new planner for the upcoming year and seeing its blank pages.
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Out of Many, One: A New Franciscan Province 

In October 2023, Franciscans from a number of US provinces gathered to become one. Now they are discovering new ways to live out the spirit of St. Francis.
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The Franciscan Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What do an American civil rights icon of the 1960s and an Italian mystic from the 13th century have in common? More than you might think.
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Editorial: Dialogue over Division

“The Franciscan charism will save the world!” Every now and then, this phrase pops up in our Franciscan family.
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My Post-Abortion Journey

A terminated pregnancy at 17 haunted this writer for decades until she found forgiveness and freedom in God.
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Beware the Contagion of War

As atrocities continue on both sides of the conflict in the Holy Land, the striking Franciscan vision of a more peace-loving world is all the more needed.
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