Nobody Doesn’t Love Serra

Among all the announcements around Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, one of the most exciting for Franciscan-minded people was the unveiling of plans to canonize American missionary Junipero Serra. While my fellow residents of the USA might tend to think that Christianity has been here...

Living on the Edge of the Inside: Simplicity and Justice

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. Francis and Clare were not so much prophets by what they said as in the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives....

The ‘Ups’ of Lent

Our guest blogger is Msgr. Richard Hilgartner, a former executive director of the US bishops’ Secretariat of Divine Worship and currently president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. “What are you giving up for Lent?” is always a popular question among Catholics as Lent approaches,...

There’s Something about Francis

Two articles popped into my Facebook news feed yesterday, both on the search for the authentic St. Francis: a The New Yorker article, Looking for St. Francis, about a display in New York of the few documents in Francis’s own hand, and “Early Celano Umbrian Legend Discovered.” The second...

Hope and Joy through the Miraculous Medal

Our guest blogger is Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, author of The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions from Servant Books. To learn more about Donna, click here. A couple of months ago I felt inspired to give a blessed Miraculous Medal to a woman I met who was working at a department store....

Death on Hopple Street

Our guest blogger today is Fred Limke, the Advertising Sales Director for Franciscan Media. Fred and his wife Sondra manage 4 cats, 3 granddaughters and 2 sons. I live in Cincinnati where we have our share of scary situations. Recently during a nighttime demolition of an aging expressway exit ramp, a...

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