Ridding the World of Evil

Since the beginning of human history, violence and bloody warfare have been among humanity’s most common ways of eliminating those seen as enemies. And in recent decades, we have not found better methods, or so it seems, of eliminating these opponents. Our “enemies” are still there, despite the...

Carry the Gospel With You

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. We, the disciples of Jesus, are called to be people who listen to his voice and take his words seriously. To listen to Jesus, we must be close...

Relax and Strengthen

Today we welcome guest blogger Kathy Coffey. This comes from the “Living Simply” column in St. Anthony Messenger. A simple cure for frustration, stress or fatigue isn’t always found in the pharmacy or medicine cabinet. Instead, it’s closer to home: a deep, belly breath. Breathing has always been...

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...

More Than Intercession

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-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. When most people think of prayer, they think of only one specific kind of...

The Gift of Life

This past Sunday here in the United States we celebrated Mother’s Day—a day when we reflect on that special family relationship from the various perspectives through which we approach it. For example, I myself am a mother, and I am also a daughter of my mother who is still alive. Many of you celebrated...

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