Follow in the Footprints of Jesus

The very first phrase in the Franciscan Rule reads, “The Rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Discover Christ in the Gospels and all of Scripture and in a prayerful way get deeper and deeper into his mind and heart, and then you...

Another Way to Pray

Some may find in our litanies a helpful source of prayer. Not only can we pray a litany straight through, but we can just pick out one or the other invocation to open our hearts to God. In the litany of the Sacred Heart, for instance, we might pick out “Burning furnace of charity.” The image of Jesus’...

The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different. My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in...

Love Your Enemies

This blog is taken from the book The Gospels According to Saint Francis, by Hilarion Kistner, OFM. “Love your enemies (Mt 5:44).” That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine, who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends;...

Praying the Psalms

Anyone who prays the Psalms over a period of time is bound to have some favorites. As a Franciscan and a Scripture scholar, I would like to share my personal favorites. “The Lord is my shepherd.” —Psalm 23 As Christians, we especially think of Jesus. He is our good shepherd and pursues us even when...

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