Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was...

Ask a Franciscan: Is Every Encyclical Infallible?

Q. I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the successor of St. Peter. Even so, is every encyclical infallible? A. The short answer is no. Vatican I’s decree “Eternal Pastor” taught: “The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when...

Ask a Franciscan: To Give or Not to Give?

Q. What should we do when we’re driving and we see a man by the side of the road holding a sign that reads, “Family hungry. Will do anything for food”? When I see this, I feel sad and confused. What if the person is not really in need, but hoping to get money for drugs? What if the person really is in...

J.O.Y.

Our guest blogger today is Kelly M. Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. When I was in eighth grade, we got a new principal, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn. At the end of every single day, over the P.A. system, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn said the same thing to us: “Remember...

To Pray as St. Francis Prayed

Most of us agree, I assume, that personal prayer can be described as a conversation between two parties—ourselves and God. Speaking for myself, I often find myself giving more importance to my side of the conversation than to God’s. I think, for example, that I have to be more responsible, try harder,...

Prayerful Preaching

When Fernando Bulhom, an Augustinian canon in Portugal, became a friar in 1220 and took the name Anthony, he had already acquired a vast knowledge of Scripture. After a brief time as a missionary in Morocco and a short time as chaplain for friars in a hermitage at Montepaolo, his talents as a preacher...

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