Summertime: Convention Time

In a few weeks some of us will be heading to Somerset, New Jersey, for the Catholic Marketing Network convention (August 6-9). It’s always a full few days of networking, learning, and celebrating the wonderful world of Catholic books and gifts. This year, two of our Servant authors will be signing...

Cassocks and Coffee

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 can...

Where the Wild Things Are

A story from the early legends of St. Francis tells of him having such care for all God’s creatures that he would stop to put earthworms back in the dirt when they strayed onto the roads after a rain. I’ve been doing this a lot during our rainy summer. Then a few days ago I was driving to a...

‘I See His Blood upon the Rose’

I have reflected upon this poem in past Friar Jack’s E-spirations, but it’s such a prayerful poem that I wanted to revisit it here. “I See His Blood upon the Rose” is a perfect reminder of God’s great gift of love as revealed through the suffering and rising of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate...

Psalm 32

This is one of the penitential psalms.  It speaks of sin, guilt, the miserable state of sinners.  But it also thanks God for the gift of forgiveness. The prayer begins with the word “happy” or “blessed.”  Both translations are found.  “Happy” indicates good fortune and joy.  “Blessed”...

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