St. Louis, King of France

When he was crowned king of France in 1226, St. Louis—whose feast day we celebrated last month—took an oath to act as God’s anointed, as father of his people. He was crowned king at age 12 following his father’s death. When Louis was 19, he married Margaret of Provence. Despite Margaret’s restless...

The Stigmata of St. Francis

The Chapel of the Stigmata is perched on the edge of the same sheer precipice where St. Francis stood two years before his death and where he was swept up into the mystery of God’s overwhelming love for him and for humanity.   St. Bonaventure, in his Life of St. Francis, describes Francis as being more...

‘I See His Blood upon the Rose’

I have reflected upon this poem in past Friar Jack’s E-spirations, but it’s such a prayerful poem that I wanted to revisit it here. “I See His Blood upon the Rose” is a perfect reminder of God’s great gift of love as revealed through the suffering and rising of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate...

St. Francis and the Leper

St. Francis had a fear and abhorrence of lepers. One day, however, he met a man afflicted with leprosy while riding his horse near Assisi. Though the sight of the leper filled him with horror and disgust, Francis got off his horse and kissed the leper. Then the leper put out his hand, hoping to receive...

A Pope Who Mirrors the Values of St. Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis on March 13, thus becoming the first pope of the Americas! During the process of his election, Pope Francis said, “I had the archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo next to me, Cardinal Hummus, OFM, a dear, dear friend.” The pope went on to say...

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