Is It a Sin to Worry?

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM. He is coauthor of Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. This is a question that comes up frequently among even the most sincere people. So let me answer the question right up front. No, it is not a sin to...

How Has God Blessed You Today?

In an effort to evangelize within my own family I decided to try an experiment with my children. One day I sent a text to my 15-year-old son and asked “How has God blessed you today?” I then followed up with “Let’s talk about it tonight.” At dinner I asked him: “So did you think about the...

Because I’m Happy!

The song “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2 was a huge hit last year. It was even nominated for an Oscar. But as catchy as the tune is, there were/are tons of people who detest it. I’m not one of them. I’m not because I think we need more focus on being happy–even if the...

“These Scenes May Seem Alike to You . . .”

Halfway through the past century, the St. Anthony Messenger editors began publishing what many today consider the magazine’s hallmark: “Pete and Repeat.” It was Father Victor Drees, OFM, working with assistant Marie Frohmiller and a new assistant editor, Mary Lynne Phillips. Apparently Father Victor...

Who Is Your Hero?

A few years ago, I was privileged to be part of a team of leaders of a Youth Renew retreat held annually at my parish. The team of youths and adults met weekly for months prior to the commencement of the retreat. During that time, we formed a tight bond as we reflected on Bible verses, exchanged stories, and...

Dedication to Catholic Education

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Last Friday night was Roger Bacon High School’s graduation in...

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