New Year, New Beginnings

With the advent of our savior’s birth and its celebration, it’s easy to take a few moments and consider how the opportunity to make a new start is afforded to each of us in a plethora of ways. As example, we can enter into the Christmas season at that First Sunday of Advent, with all sorts of...

Francis the Writer

Many people are surprised to hear that St. Francis of Assisi left behind a fair body of writing—55 texts in the excellent volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, The Saint, edited by Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv., and William Short, OFM. Francis had enough formal education...

Wrapping Up Christmas

Our guest blogger is Theresa Doyle-Nelson, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and California State University–Fullerton. Doyle-Nelson is a wife, mom, and lover of travel who writes from the Texas hill country. To see more of Theresa’s work, visit her website: TheresaDoyle-Nelson.com. It seems...

Holy Family

The Sunday between Christmas and New Year is the feast of the Holy Family—Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, so it seems natural to celebrate the Holy Family today. Christmas is a family affair. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a popular Christmas melody that expresses...

Expect the Unexpected

Christmas can be bittersweet. We’re filled with hope, with memories, but the older we get the more the hope mixes with disappointment and disillusionment, the happy memories with grief for people we’ve lost to death, to distance, to disagreements. Sometimes the sounds of the season strike us as...

The Beauty of the Incarnation

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. When I was younger, I used to get mad when people put more emphasis on...

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