St. Francis of Assisi

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Growing In Faith Like St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was always a saint, right? Absolutely wrong! In his teens and early 20s, he often found God’s ways to be an obstacle to the generous life for which he would much later be revered.

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Painting of Saint Francis of Assisi and a dove

St. Francis of Assisi’s Song of Praise

We could simply say that Francis’ prayer life was, “My God and my all!” and stop at that. Everything that can be stated about prayer in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi is expressed in those four little words.

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Do Animals Go To Heaven?

In Genesis 1:31, it reads: “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Indeed, all that God does is truly good. And among those good works are humans, animals, and plants. God is life itself, and we could argue that once God gives life, he would not destroy it.

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Ask a Franciscan: A Lector’s Challenge

I have been a lector for many years. Although I had some training as an actor, I have tried not to be too emotive when I proclaim the readings. Until recently, pastors and people in the parish have given very positive feedback. 

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Let Us Pray: When Words Fall Short

How do I begin writing about prayer when I have not felt like praying?

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Let Us Pray: ‘Seek First the Kingdom’

For St. Francis of Assisi, the impetus for prayer was everywhere around him.

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