Remembering the Korean in Us

Back when diversity training was all the rage, I met a thirty-something Korean guy who told stories for a living, usually during compulsory corporate trainings. An American couple adopted him when he was 5, and he grew up in Minnesota. He returned to Korea in his twenties to find his birth mother, but was...

Walking the Talk

We are rightly wary of people who talk a good game, but whose actions go in a very different direction. Saints show us integrity—whether anyone   else is watching or not. Few people did that as wholeheartedly as Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853), founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) in...

Swimming: A Spiritual Workout

Today’s guest blogger is Tom Shumate.  He is the chief operating officer at Franciscan Media.  Tom and his wife, Carolyn, have six children and they live near Hamilton, Ohio. A number of years ago I started swimming as a means of exercise. In the beginning, during my swimming, I focused my mind on...

To Live as Francis Lived

I’ve started my official period of formation as a secular Franciscan. It always seems a bit complicated to explain this to people. I’m learning not to say, “Well, it’s like a religious order but you don’t live in community.” In fact it is a religious order, and it does...

A Slap in the Face

One evening after returning home from work, I was sitting in our family room talking to my husband and children. At some point in the conversation, my son walked up and slapped me in the face. His look of glee quickly changed to concern as he realized what he had done. He was sent to his room immediately. As...

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