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At the beginning of this week, Franciscan Media exhibited at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) in Cleveland, Ohio. I was fortunate to be able to attend and was pleased at the number of attendees who stopped by our booth—either to see what new things we had or to tell us how much...

Dealing with Bad Days

What do you do when you’ve had a really bad day? It happens to all of us. Sometimes days just seem to go south. I had one of those days recently (I’ll spare you the details), and I began to reflect on how to deal with days like this, as opposed to merely giving in to discouragement and...

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...

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