Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was...

Making Good Choices

Fearing that he might not resist the temptations commonly experienced by lawyers, Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578–1622) became a Capuchin priest, a noted preacher, and a martyr. Each of us will die eventually. “What kind of conscience will I bring to that moment?” should be our main concern. “By faith,...

Our Belief in God

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who writes A Friar’s E-spirations. In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public...

Guiding Teens Into Christian Maturity

The following is an excerpt from the book What Teens Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You by Roy Petitfils. Teens want and need adults to be grounded in being adults. When your goal is to be liked by young people you risk losing sight of the bigger goal, which is to journey with them into Christian...

The Face of Innocence

“What’s Wrong?” I asked my best friend as she called me crying one day. “Jade is being abused by her boyfriend,” she cried. My best friend Sandie and I have been friends practically all of our lives. We are godmothers to each other’s children, even witnessing their...

Love Your Enemies

This blog is taken from the book The Gospels According to Saint Francis, by Hilarion Kistner, OFM. “Love your enemies (Mt 5:44).” That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine, who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends;...

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