Saying YES to God

When I was a kid, I always gave up candy for Lent. It was really hard for me since I have a pretty big sweet tooth. But because of those times that I actually stuck to my resolution during the whole season, I enjoyed that Easter Sunday candy more than ever! Now, as an adult, I’ve tried to broaden my...

The Challenge of the Cross

Our guest today is Amy Ekeh, a freelance writer from Milford, Connecticut, where she writes her blog (amyekeh.com) and keeps busy with her four children. The cross depicts a terrible suffering—but a free sacrifice of love and, ultimately, joy. When we look at the cross this Lent, let’s not stop at the...

The Journey of Our Lives

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To learn more, click here. It’s common to describe our lives on this earth as journeys. Each of us weaves a personal history made up of moments in which we are caught up in events—most of which...

Perspective Is Everything

Circumstances in the life of a family member today have me thinking about perspective. The genius of St. Francis and perhaps the longevity of his fame are no doubt related to the perspective he was moved to in his life: which came through struggles and ultimate surrender to the movement of God. I...

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...

Four Ways to Show More Compassion and Love

Today our guest blogger is Randy Hain, author of Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic.  To learn more about the book—or to share stories of faith—click here. Jeanne Lyons’s story, as told in Joyful Witness, is one of overcoming life’s challenges and learning to show compassion and...

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