Follow in the Footprints of Jesus

The very first phrase in the Franciscan Rule reads, “The Rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Discover Christ in the Gospels and all of Scripture and in a prayerful way get deeper and deeper into his mind and heart, and then you...

The True Meaning of Holiness

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM. Jim coauthors the FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. The word holiness can have a discouraging effect on people. Some immediately dismiss it since they feel that holiness is way beyond their reach. They think of their failures and sins, and...

The Words of St. Anthony Live On

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the...

Heaven Awaits

Our guest blogger is Friar Jeremy Harrington, coauthor of the FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. We are coming to the end of the Church year. The Gospels have reminded us to be alert and vigilant for the second coming. The sun may be darkened, the moon will not give its light. “And then they...

What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Franciscan Ministry Gives Back to Cincinnati

A ministry of St. John the Baptist Province, OFM, St. Francis Seraph Ministries serves those in need in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. From their website: “We believe every member of the Over-the-Rhine community has the right to enjoy the benefits of good health, prosperity,...

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