‘Offer It Up’

I heard this advice all too often growing up; my mom’s succinct response to my whines about chores or complaints of small annoyances. Whatever it was, she’d tell me to “offer it up,” to do it as an offering for someone in purgatory so that he or she might make it to heaven more quickly. An eye roll...

Keeping the New Year Simple

Have you ever noticed the overwhelming media onslaught of headlines for cleaning and organizing your life that pop up around the first of the year? Simple Ways to Cut Clutter How to Organize Your Closet 10 Storage Solutions for Your Kitchen No wonder by the time each new year rolls around you feel compelled...

Where in the World is Father Hilarion?

Recently I was driving to work when I got stuck in traffic. Not going anywhere, I began to look around to pass the time. When I looked out my driver’s side window, what did I see but Franciscan Media’s very own Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM, looking down on me. No, he wasn’t actually...

Radiating Christ

Many years ago, Raul Plus SJ, wrote a book called Radiating Christ. In recent years it has been reissued. I do not remember any individual statement from that book, but it strikes me that the very title is a fine summary of spirituality. In my community at St. Francis Seraph Friary, there are 10 confreres...

A Different Kind of Christmas

I’ve come to expect a “traditional Christmas” of special meals and gift-sharing with family and friends. It’s what I’ve always known—and have come to take for granted. But spending a day with some special young people whose Christmas doesn’t quite fit the traditional image has helped give me a...

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