The Beauty of Silence

Last night as I laid in the yard looking up at the night sky, I saw a shooting star streak straight over head.  Its not the first time I have seen one, in fact the reason I went outside to begin with was to look at them.  It is that time of the year again for the annual return of the Perseids meteor...

Treasuring the Mass

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. One of the best things my family has taught me is the importance of going to...

Advice from Pope Francis

It seems that daily we are surrounded with tons of reasons NOT to be happy. But Pope Francis thinks there are a lot of things we can do to bring happiness back into our lives. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly Viva July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to...

Food Matters

Food is a rich biblical symbol. In the Garden of Eden, the forbidden fruit symbolized human temptation. In time of famine in Israel, it was providential that Joseph was in Egypt and could help his family from the stores of grain he managed. Once liberated from Egypt, God sent manna to feed the chosen people...

Bringing Francis to the Here and Now

This past June, I made a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, a pilgrimage administered by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs and sponsored by the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist. Over my years here, I knew this opportunity was available and wanted to participate, but the claims of young children and...

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