Simple, Beautiful Love

Simplicity is a hallmark of Franciscan living and spirituality, and during my pilgrimage to Assisi, I became aware of the prayer—and perhaps the act—that illustrates that most clearly for me. Our group visited LaVerna, a mountaintop sanctuary to which Francis retreated for solitude six times. It was at...

‘I Hope You Dance’

A dear friend and coworker of my husband died yesterday. Her name is Marcia. If you pronounced her name as you would that of the oldest daughter in the Brady Bunch, let’s go back and get it right. She pronounced it Mar-CEE-a. She wasn’t Catholic, but she sure was a strong Christian—an inspiration to...

THERE YOU ARE!

Does prayer sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world? If I’m going to talk to God, I feel like I should know what to say. I need to get it right, to say things that make sense and sound halfway intelligent. After all, this is God—the Creator of all that is!—I’m talking to. Of...

Psalm 21

As we saw, Psalm 20 is a prayer for the king going into battle.  Psalm 21 is a thanksgiving for his God-given victory.  It also assures him that he will always be victorious. God is always with him. His enemies don’t have a chance. These psalms fit into the Old Testament background of God’s promises...

Nothing to Defend

The theme for this year’s Greater Cincinnati Franciscan Day was “Without Anything of My Own.” First, second and third order Franciscans gathered to hear Fr. Dan Crosby, O.F.M. Cap. He began his talk with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: “Oh, let’s not talk about poverty....

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