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...

Anima Christi: A Mystical Prayer

This prayer touches us on a profound level. The words are most sacred and, with the Spirit’s help, they can lead us into an immediate union with Christ. The Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) has been attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), but historians say that the prayer predates Ignatius by as...

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