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Prayerful Preaching

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When Fernando Bulhom, an Augustinian canon in Portugal, became a friar in 1220 and took the name Anthony, he had already acquired a vast knowledge of Scripture. After a brief time as a missionary in Morocco and a short time as chaplain for friars in a hermitage at Montepaolo, his talents as a preacher were discovered. Francis of Assisi was still alive when Anthony was assigned to teach Scripture to the friars in Bologna. In that city he received a letter from Francis, encouraging him in this teaching as long as these studies did not...

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Spiritual Stumbles

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. I find there are two types of people who attack me when they discover I’m Catholic. The first are lapsed or disgruntled Catholics who claim to be revolted by the Church but can’t stop talking about it. The second type are always trying to get me to say something bad about other (in their eyes,...

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Spiritual Stumbles

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. I find there are two types of people who attack me when they discover I’m Catholic. The first are lapsed or disgruntled Catholics who claim to be revolted by the Church but can’t stop talking about it. The second type are always trying to get me to say something bad about other (in their eyes,...

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Ridding the World of Evil

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Since the beginning of human history, violence and bloody warfare have been among humanity’s most common ways of eliminating those seen as enemies. And in recent decades, we have not found better methods, or so it seems, of eliminating these opponents. Our “enemies” are still there, despite the escalation of bloody conflicts, whether in our own neighborhoods or on the international scene. Consider, for example, the violent conflicts still raging or smoldering in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, West Bank,...

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Pope Francis cancelled many regular events…

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

From the Daily Beast: WHY IS POPE FRANCIS CANCELING EVENTS? No one can argue that Pope Francis deserves a little break. Since taking office in March 2013, the 77-year-old Argentinian has been on the move almost nonstop greeting his adoring public and reforming the Vatican’s many troubled institutions. But an announcement by the Vatican’s news service on Monday that the pope will be drastically curtailing his schedule by suspending his popular Wednesday audiences in July and skipping his daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, where he lives, has...

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Carry the Gospel With You

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. We, the disciples of Jesus, are called to be people who listen to his voice and take his words seriously. To listen to Jesus, we must be close to him, to follow him, like the crowd in the Gospel who chase him through the streets of Palestine. Jesus did not have a teaching post or a fixed pulpit, he was an itinerant teacher, who proposed his teachings, teachings given to him by the...

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Some Monday Vatican drilling

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

You all should check out today’s Monday Vatican by Andrea Gagliarducci. This week Andrea drills into the circumstances and implications of the recently election of Card. Tagle of Manila as head of Caritas International. Here is one section: The progressive wing likes Cardinal Tagle very much, and appreciates the fact that he is part of the editorial committee of the so-called “School of Bologna” that is committed to writing a history of the Second Vatican Council, interpreting it as a rupture with the past – and not according to the...

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Relax–and Strengthen

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today we welcome guest blogger Kathy Coffey. This comes from the “Living Simply” column in St. Anthony Messenger. A simple cure for frustration, stress or fatigue isn’t always found in the pharmacy or medicine cabinet. Instead, it’s closer to home: a deep, belly breath. Breathing has always been sacred to the world’s religious traditions. We believe that humanity began when God breathed life into us (Genesis 2:7), and that Jesus continued this gift by breathing the Holy Spirit into the disciples (John 20:22). At stressful times, we take...

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Croatia’s Fearless Defender of Life

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty like the Holocaust. More than 60 years have passed, but the shadows of that era linger. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such unparalleled darkness. There were exceptions—people who risked life and liberty to ensure the survival of the innocent. Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac was among them. From the start, Stepinac devoted his life to battling “isms.” He waged wars...

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More Than Intercession

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. When most people think of prayer, they think of only one specific kind of prayer: intercession.  It seems to me that the vast majority of prayer involves asking God to provide us with something specific, whether it’s something big, like healing for a loved one, or something small, like the strength to get...

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The Gift of Life

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This past Sunday here in the United States we celebrated Mother’s Day—a day when we reflect on that special family relationship from the various perspectives through which we approach it. For example, I myself am a mother, and I am also a daughter of my mother who is still alive. Many of you celebrated the memories of your deceased mothers, as my own mother did. Still others bear the most indescribable pain of motherhood—having lost a child to death through miscarriage, stillbirth, illness, accident, or even murder or execution. But whether...

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Pope Francis Is Coming

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement, even as final planning for the events involved is still underway. As always there are detractors and critics, but overall the pope’s visit will be a major event in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The pope will draw the attention of international reporters and of American pundits. Since Pope Francis’ popularity keeps growing he will have opportunities to discuss issues like marriage, poverty and religious liberty, not to mention terrorism and the persecution...

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Don’t Forget to Laugh

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, we had a run of misfortunes in our house. The refrigerator broke, flooding the basement in the process. The oven door shattered all over the kitchen at 7:00 in the morning as I was getting the kids ready for school, our van tire got a hole in it and various drains in our house decided to quit working on a week-by-week schedule, requiring about six calls to our favorite plumber. Oh, and did I happen to mention that my husband, Mark, was conveniently out of town during all of these adventures? But you know what? I wasn’t mad at him. I...

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Don’t Forget to Laugh

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, we had a run of misfortunes in our house. The refrigerator broke, flooding the basement in the process. The oven door shattered all over the kitchen at 7:00 in the morning as I was getting the kids ready for school, our van tire got a hole in it and various drains in our house decided to quit working on a week-by-week schedule, requiring about six calls to our favorite plumber. Oh, and did I happen to mention that my husband, Mark, was conveniently out of town during all of these adventures? But you know what? I wasn’t mad at him. I...

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Ask a Franciscan: Why Is There So Much Injustice?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. If God is all-powerful and all-good, why does evil exist? I have heard the theories of human free will, responsibility, and weakness after Adam and Eve’s fall. We simply don’t know why God allows what God allows. Why is there so much unbearable injustice in the world? A. The evidence of human suffering is undeniable. If someone uses that fact as a reason not to believe in God, the suffering doesn’t disappear. In fact, it may be even harder to handle. As a group, are atheists more compassionate than people who believe in God? I don’t...

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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."