Francis the Writer

Many people are surprised to hear that St. Francis of Assisi left behind a fair body of writing—55 texts in the excellent volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, The Saint, edited by Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv., and William Short, OFM. Francis had enough formal education...

Wrapping Up Christmas

Our guest blogger is Theresa Doyle-Nelson, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and California State University–Fullerton. Doyle-Nelson is a wife, mom, and lover of travel who writes from the Texas hill country. To see more of Theresa’s work, visit her website: TheresaDoyle-Nelson.com. It seems...

Ready for Merton

An old saying, sometimes attributed to an anonymous Zen master, asserts, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” On the upcoming 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth (January 30, 2015), this would seem to be the case for me and his writings. I first encountered Merton in my 20s,...

Christmas Lights

Anybody who knows me well knows that I love Christmas. I love the parties, the trees, the presents, Santa Claus, and the Christmas lights. (OK—I confess that I have a Santa Claus sculpture done in lights out on my lawn, but that is another story.) I’ve been taking the long route around my neighborhood...

Pure Joy

A few weeks ago, I went to New York to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art. Although I had visited a similar exhibition some years ago at another museum, these stunning works bear revisiting as often as one has the chance. Matisse started working in the medium of paper cut-outs after...

A Eucharistic Christmas

It seemed to hit earlier than ever this year. The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing and has been for several weeks. Thanksgiving family time is being squeezed out as stores open earlier and earlier in the day, promising those unbelievable bargains to early shoppers. I like the Christmas season as...

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