Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.”...

A World of Love

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. There is no braver, more difficult, or more radical...

What are Beatitudes?

Why do the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke have lists of beatitudes?  What is a beatitude anyway? What did Jesus actually say? Why are there differences between Matthew and Luke? The short answer is that the words of Jesus in the Gospel are words of God in human terms. The four Gospels started in oral...

Ask a Franciscan: What Is the Status of Divorced People?

Q. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, what happens when a couple divorces? I know many divorcées who have left the Catholic Church because they felt abandoned by it. Someone I know very well is getting a divorce, and I don’t know what the Church’s position is.  A. Divorce does not change the...

Spiritual Stumbles

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. I find there are two types of people who attack me...

Croatia’s Fearless Defender of Life

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty like the Holocaust. More than 60 years have passed, but the shadows of that era linger. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such...

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