The Words of St. Anthony Live On

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the...

The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Though written in simple language, St. Francis’ Peace Prayer provides rich material for spiritual reflection. The following are some of my thoughts on the Peace Prayer inspired by the lines of this prayer and by the example of St. Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace Like that of...

The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. I offer here, for your heart’s enjoyment and contemplation, “The Red Wheelbarrow.” The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the...

Thank You, Murray Bodo

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had boarded a Greyhound Bus in...

The Holy Words of St. Anthony

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the...

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