Francis In Assisi, Again

October 4 marked the Feast of St. Francis and the first visit of Pope Francis to the hometown of his namesake, whom some say is perhaps the most known and beloved saint of all time. Join Franciscan Father Murray Bodo, author of the classic Francis: The Journey and the Dream, and the more recent release...

What a Difference a Word Makes!

“Omit needless words.” The mantra of Strunk and White has always been near and dear to this editor’s heart, but the ever-pithy Twitter has found a way to make needless words very attractive. My favorite iteration is the now-trending #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook. Clever contributors have offered tweaks...

Local Woman – a Saint! – Makes Good

I had a chance to visit my hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., last month, the first time in a number of years and the first time since two local women were named saints – St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American born in upstate New York who died in Canada in 1680, and St. Marianne Cope, who worked with leprosy...

Why Does Pope Francis Lead the Way He Leads?

Interesting question, right? If you’re looking for an even more interesting answer, read Chris Lowney’s new book called—you guessed it—Why Pope Francis Leads the Way He Leads. Chris is a friend and colleague and knows all about leadership and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of...

Deep-fried Twinkies

First of all, I thought Twinkies were gone. Apparently they’re back! Look closely at the sign in this picture and you’ll see that they’re offered deep-fried (if you don’t like your Twinkies deep-fried, you can always try the deep-fried Oreos, also for sale). I saw these signs Saturday...

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