Tips for Connecting with Teens

Teenagers are not always the easiest people to connect with. It can be done, though, says Dr. Roy Petitfils. In his book, What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you), he offers a few practical tips to parents for “seeing” teens: Be aware of your assumptions. As much as possible begin every...

Learning to be Human

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family. That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean...

Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.”...

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...

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...

Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul

Our guest blogger today is Robert J. Wicks, author of Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul. During the very times when losses occur and crises strike, the opportunity is especially present for us to realize how much God is at the center of our lives, at the heart of ourselves, and on the...

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