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Endless Love, Infinite Possibility...

The headline of this week’s column is a phrase I heard one of our Franciscan friars use to describe heaven. It struck me as something that is a great contrast to what most consider the “beatific vision” conjured in our minds by inadequate capacity to understand eternity. Spending eternity staring at God sounds, well, boring. Spending eternity in endless love, exploring infinite possibilities, unending depth of encounter with God, limitless growth—This is a heaven in which I can believe!

I think St. Francis, during his life on this earth, experienced some of that vision of heaven we’re speaking of. Two friars have published books recently—also recorded as audiobooks—that delve into the light St. Francis gives to our experience of this life and the next.

First, Father Hilarion Kistner gives an engaging read of his work entitled The Gospels According to St. Francis. Second, Father Richard Rohr looks at the unique take on orthodoxy the man from Assisi brought to the Church and yes, even impacting our view of heaven in his latest work, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. I encourage you to check them out, along with our other Franciscan titles. Good stuff for the soul!

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."