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,...

A World of Love

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. There is no braver, more difficult, or more radical...

Writing as Prayer

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. As an English major, I naturally have a deep love for writing.  I’ve...

What are Beatitudes?

Why do the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke have lists of beatitudes?  What is a beatitude anyway? What did Jesus actually say? Why are there differences between Matthew and Luke? The short answer is that the words of Jesus in the Gospel are words of God in human terms. The four Gospels started in oral...

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…

Today’s guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain. —James 1:26 Will someone please tell me what happens to our conscience when we decide to lash out...

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