My new patron saint

I love finding quirky connections between seemingly unrelated things. So this weekend when I was at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington, I was thrilled when I found a set of wool combs named after St. Blaise. He’s the patron saint of wool workers, and he is frequently represented holding...

The Paradox of Holiness

Our guest blogger today is Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM. With Jack Wintz, OFM, he writes the twice-montly Friar Jack’s E-spirations. Our lived faith is filled with paradoxes—events in our lives that may seem to mean one thing but actually mean the opposite. An almost universal tendency is to judge our...

A Pope Who Mirrors the Values of St. Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis on March 13, thus becoming the first pope of the Americas! During the process of his election, Pope Francis said, “I had the archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo next to me, Cardinal Hummus, OFM, a dear, dear friend.” The pope went on to say...

Amazing Grace

This weekend while straightening up my porch, I noticed my front door wreath was crooked. When I removed the wreath to rehang it, I didn’t realize there was a small bird nest built deep inside the wreath. When I repositioned the wreath, three tiny eggs fell to the ground and broke. I had no idea the eggs...

The Power of Kindness

Be kind. It sounds simple enough, but the impact of it can be so overlooked. Really, that’s all it takes. Just be kind. Be friendly, generous, compassionate. See the people you encounter as gifts in your day, and be kind to them. Last week a friend sent me a link to a blog post that reminded me of this...

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