Of Hoops and Hope

In March, there is always hope. College basketball’s tournament season brings big possibilities and bigger dreams, and the idea that the little guy can triumph over unthinkable odds. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for anyone in need of a boost of faith. For even if your favorite team...

Welcome, Pope Francis!

With a puff of white smoke, the Catholic Church redefined “March Madness.” Wednesday’s announcement of Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, brought together many of our Franciscan Media staff, cramming our conference room to watch the live feed online. We were...

The Catholic Prayer Book

Back in 1986 Servant Books first published a United States edition of The Catholic Prayer Book. It was designed to be an all-purpose prayer book for every situation. It included prayers for Mass and the sacraments, prayers for good times and bad, and prayers for families, for the Church, for work and for...

The Tools of Ignorance?

Our guest blogger today is Tina Closser, an electrical engineer for the Navy who also is known as Paige Daniels, author of the “Non-Compliance” science fiction series. She lives in Indiana with her husband and two children and blogs at nerdypaige.com. Recently my daughter was watching a show on a...

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours for years. When I joined the Franciscans in 1966, the Divine Office was all in Latin. We novices struggled to pronounce the Latin words, much less pray them. Switching to English was long overdue. Now we have a great explanation of the development of this official...

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