A Case for the Birdbath St. Francis

It’s not surprising that Franciscan scholars and others who have spent a great deal of time studying and emulating the life of this saint dismiss what they refer to as the saint of the garden birdbaths, something of a fairy-tale figure in distinctive brown robe, usually surrounded by birds and woodland...

Wisdom for the Widowed

This year, my husband and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. The cliche holds true for us: it seems like yesterday and yet I cannot imagine my life without him. The bond we’ve shared these years is a bond like no other on earth. I am thankful to God each day for him. Thus, I cannot imagine...

My God and My All!

The first follower of St. Francis of Assisi was Bernard of Quintavalle. Bernard admired Francis and felt a deep desire to follow him. But before taking his first step to become a committed follower, Bernard wanted to make sure that Francis was truly a holy and pious man. So Bernard came up with a plan. He...

Psalm 29

The psalmist praises the God of Israel as king of the universe. God is pictured in his heavenly court. He is surrounded by “sons of God” or “heavenly beings.” Some think that this is an adaptation of a hymn to the Canaanite god Baal. We might think of angels. The heavenly court praises God’s glory...

I Am a Runner

For the past two years, I have been doing my best at pretending to be a runner. Well, more like a walker/runner. I’ve done the Disney Princess Half Marathon and a number of 5Ks. But I would never consider myself in the same class as those runners in Boston on Monday. And yet, we are the same. Recently...

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