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...

My God and My All!

The first follower of St. Francis of Assisi was Bernard of Quintavalle. Bernard admired Francis and felt a deep desire to follow him. But before taking his first step to become a committed follower, Bernard wanted to make sure that Francis was truly a holy and pious man. So Bernard came up with a plan. He...

Reflections on the Glorious Mysteries

The Five Glorious Mysteries 1. The Resurrection of Jesus The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee now came to the tomb at early dawn. Two men in dazzling clothes said to the women: “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Lk 24:5). When the women heard this...

Reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries

With this blog, I offer my reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries. They logically follow the final Luminous Mystery, namely, the Eucharist—the meal Jesus shared with his disciples shortly before his crucifixion. The Five Sorrowful Mysteries 1. The Agony in the Garden. Christ’s agony becomes more severe...

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