The Day I Met Pope Francis

“God always surprises us; he bursts our categories; he wreaks havoc with our plans. And he tells us: Trust me; do not be afraid; let yourself be surprised.” I couldn’t have agreed more with Pope Francis when I heard him preach these words. It was October 13, 2013. I was standing in St. Peter’s...

‘A Bruised and Dirty Church’

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the...

The Gift of Joy

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Read the Gospel. Read the Gospel. We have spoken about it, do you remember? To read a passage of the Gospel every day; and to carry a little...

The Lord Will Never Abandon Us

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes!… In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and...

You Are What You Eat

Our guest blogger today is Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of LIFE TEEN International and author of The Bible Geek: Answers to Questions from Catholic Teens (Servant). Is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist? Jesus is coming to your Church this Sunday, in the flesh (just like every Sunday). He’s not...

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