Reflections on the Stigmata

I begin my reflections on the mystery of the stigmata (bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ) by confessing that the first person I think of as having such bodily marks, apart from Jesus, is St. Francis of Assisi, who died in 1226. As the founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis is...

Giving Glory Back to God

Most of us who are Christian are well acquainted with the familiar prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” This prayer is known as a doxology (from the Greek word doxa, meaning...

Time for Some Peace and Quiet

Once again, Christmas has come and gone. If your yuletide has been filled with lots of hustle and bustle, you are probably ready for some quiet time. In short, you may be longing for a little time of silence and reflection—in other words, for contemplative prayer.  Some Forms of Silent Prayer  What you...

Reflections on the Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed every Monday and Saturday, the Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from Epiphany until Lent. During this Advent season, I hope that these reflections on the Joyful Mysteries will aide in your reflection of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Five Joyful...

The Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches, or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. The Franciscan Coat of Arms often consists of a cross with two arms...

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