‘A Bruised and Dirty Church’

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the...

Ask a Franciscan: Is It a Sin Not to Be ‘Green’?

Q: Dear Friar Pat: I hear different things from different Christians. Some think that being sensitive to ecological issues is a matter of faith. Others dismiss it as a fad and based on faulty science. Is someone committing a sin by denying the moral implications of ecological choices? A: Releasing toxic...

April Showers

April showers are yielding to May flowers, right? During the past month, I’ve been watching two flowering trees in my backyard very closely. Two years ago I picked up a Dogwood tree and a Redbud tree from Lowe’s, with dreams of having clarions of spring out my back window. That’s the way...

‘Virgin Made Church’

We do not know when Francis wrote “A Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” a short litany praising the mother of Jesus under many titles. After addressing her as lady, queen, and mother of God, Francis calls Mary “the virgin made Church.” He would have agreed with later scholars who have...

The Gift of Joy

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Read the Gospel. Read the Gospel. We have spoken about it, do you remember? To read a passage of the Gospel every day; and to carry a little...

The Lord Will Never Abandon Us

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes!… In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and...

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