3 Hard Words: ‘I forgive you’

We’ve all been dismayed by stories of callous shootings and escapes of murderers from prisons in recent weeks. It’s enough to knock the wind out of anti-death-penalty arguments, one might think. Then we hear the actions and prayers of the family members, person after person, of those nine...

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Meditation For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this blog, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble lamb, to trust the good shepherd, who watches over us...

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...

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