St. Mary Magdalene: Disciple of Jesus

Today we welcome guest blogger Friar Jim Van Vurst! Thanks to the Gospels, we know who Jesus’ disciples were. First and foremost there was Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Vatican II expressly referred to her as the “perfect disciple of Jesus.” Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father is my...

It Plays in Peoria!

In grade school, I thought “Venerable” was a name—the Venerable Bede’s name, to be precise. As it happens, “venerable” is the first step on the path to canonization. (Bede was apparently venerable long enough for the term to stick; he’s a saint now.) One of our latest...

When It’s Time to Surrender

Twelve years ago I had my very first surgery to repair a hernia. Thinking I can handle just about anything, I was positive that I would just spring right back into action. But that didn’t happen. About a week following my surgery a friend of mine called me to check up on me. As I started telling him how...

Friar Jack’s E-spirations: Grace on the Go

For almost two years, I have had the pleasure of editing one of Franciscan Media‘s most successful e-newsletters, Friar Jack’s E-spirations. Written by Jack Wintz, OFM, and Jim Van Vurst, OFM, this bimonthly, free e-newsletter contains information and inspiration, as well as the friars’...

Ode to Expression

In a world and a nation split on many issues, especially evident in an election year, it’s hard to find places where people come together from different creeds in a spirit of oneness. Little did I know that I would find it for several days during an international celebration of music. My wife and I were at...

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