Moving beyond Decorum

One of the many things I love about St. Francis was the way he could follow the Gospel so completely and yet not judge others for their failures. He said: “I warn all the friars and exhort them not to condemn or look down on people whom they see wearing soft or gaudy clothes and enjoying luxuries in food...

Gun Control: A Personal Life Issue

Three nights ago, a pizza parlor owner was killed with a gun during a robbery in my neighborhood. This husband, and father of three small children, was building a unique business for himself. I was a loyal customer and fan of his unique pizzas. The shock and anger I feel as I type this has not subsided since...

St. Francis and the Leper

St. Francis had a fear and abhorrence of lepers. One day, however, he met a man afflicted with leprosy while riding his horse near Assisi. Though the sight of the leper filled him with horror and disgust, Francis got off his horse and kissed the leper. Then the leper put out his hand, hoping to receive...

My Kind of Father’s Day

Since I’ve been a dad, I have looked at Father’s Day a bit differently. Although it’s always nice to be treated to the praise and gratitude of one’s children, along with the gifts (neckties included) and expressions of love, none of those things really hits the mark for...

Eating Our Losses

Today’s guest blogger, Joe McHugh, is a spiritual director, retreat leader, teacher, and writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the National Catholic Reporter. His book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, will be published by Franciscan Media in September 2013. He...

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