My new patron saint

I love finding quirky connections between seemingly unrelated things. So this weekend when I was at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington, I was thrilled when I found a set of wool combs named after St. Blaise. He’s the patron saint of wool workers, and he is frequently represented holding...

A Case for the Birdbath St. Francis

It’s not surprising that Franciscan scholars and others who have spent a great deal of time studying and emulating the life of this saint dismiss what they refer to as the saint of the garden birdbaths, something of a fairy-tale figure in distinctive brown robe, usually surrounded by birds and woodland...

Digging up the Dead

We’re in the second week of the Easter season, our celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The Gospels, especially Matthew’s, preserve for us several accusations of conspiracy by everyone from the disciples to the Roman soldiers set to guard the tomb of Jesus, in an attempt to disprove the...

‘A Church for the Poor’

Pope Francis’s first two weeks have been filled with signs and wonders for those of us who follow Francis of Assisi. In explaining how he came to choose his name, he said, “How I wish for a church that is poor and for the poor.” All indications are that the decisions he’s made have...

True Authority

The reflection for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent from Lent With St. Francis seems appropriate as we await the beginning of the papal conclave.   “It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your...

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