You Did What?

When Mark and I first got married, we went through all the required Pre-Cana classes and even decided to go for the full Engaged Encounter weekend as opposed to the abbreviated one-day class. Come our wedding day, we thought we were set. Finances? Check. Number of children desired? Check. Extended family?...

Why Ash Wednesday?

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-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. It’s no secret that most Catholics my age don’t go to Mass much...

Ashes

If you receive blessed ashes to mark the start of Lent, you will hear one of two phrases used by the minister who smears ashes on your forehead. “Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” “Repent and believe the Gospel.” Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. The Church uses ashes as...

The Journey of Our Lives

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To learn more, click here. It’s common to describe our lives on this earth as journeys. Each of us weaves a personal history made up of moments in which we are caught up in events—most of which...

An Alternative Orthodoxy: Paying Attention to Different Things

Our guest blogger today is Richard Rohr, best-selling author of the new book Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. To learn more about Richard, click here. One of the earliest accounts of Francis, the “Legend of Perugia,” quotes Francis as telling the first friars, “You only know...

Francis’ Oldest Prayer

The oldest writing of St. Francis is probably his “Prayer before the Crucifix,” which dates to 1205 or 1206—very early in his conversion process. In this short prayer, after Francis asks God to enlighten the darkness of his heart, he requests “true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,...

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