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‘I Am a Sinner’

Oct 20, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
God knows our flaws and loves us in spite of them. We are not irredeemable. To believe otherwise is the real sin.

To Be Joyful

Oct 19, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Evangelical joyfulness is simply another way to call the experience of living with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, love, and thanksgiving.

Falling Away to God

Oct 16, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
I have always loved autumn. Here in the temperate Midwest, the deciduous trees put on a cloak of many colors that rivals Joseph’s.

The Theology of a Poet

Oct 15, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do have a favorite author and one who is deeply appreciated by many: Emily Dickinson.

Finding God in the Everyday

Oct 14, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Ever felt lost on your spiritual journey? Many people have—even in the Bible. 

Will I See My Pet in Heaven?

Oct 13, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
How do we answer children when they ask: “Will I see my dog in heaven?” As I see it, this question is not only an urgent concern for the children.

Notes from a Friar: My Three Beloved Worlds

Oct 9, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Last year, I enjoyed a weeklong retreat with a lot of time to pray and reflect.

Pope Francis’ Fratelli tutti

Oct 6, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
Pope Francis stood beneath the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on October 3rd and signed his new encyclical which opens with words of Francis himself. It was a touching moment.

Be Merciful—Just as the Father Is

Oct 5, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
There is a startling statement in Luke’s account of Jesus’ sermon on the plain (6:36-38). He says, “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.” We are to be, as Jesus says, “like the Father.”

Notes from a Friar: A Mother’s Love

Oct 1, 2020 Franciscan Spirit Blog
If you think about it, one word might summarize how you could describe “mother love.” That word would be “nurturer.”