Learning to be Human

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family. That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean...

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.”...

3 Hard Words: ‘I forgive you’

We’ve all been dismayed by stories of callous shootings and escapes of murderers from prisons in recent weeks. It’s enough to knock the wind out of anti-death-penalty arguments, one might think. Then we hear the actions and prayers of the family members, person after person, of those nine...

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Meditation For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this blog, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble lamb, to trust the good shepherd, who watches over us...

Praying the Psalms

Anyone who prays the Psalms over a period of time is bound to have some favorites. As a Franciscan and a Scripture scholar, I would like to share my personal favorites. “The Lord is my shepherd.” —Psalm 23 As Christians, we especially think of Jesus. He is our good shepherd and pursues us even when...

Throwing Caution to the Wind

Our guest blogger today is Robert J. Wicks, author of Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul. The problems we have on a social as well as on an individual scale can be very great, and it is easy to be overwhelmed by them. We pollute the waters, sky, land, and our foods. We are faced with hunger,...

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