‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’

Our guest blogger is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who coauthors A Friar’s E-spirations e-newsletter. There is a powerful scene in the Gospel of Matthew following the incident of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus goes immediately to the Temple to cast out the money changers and all the...

A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

The following are excerpts from A Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Diane M. Houdek and published by Franciscan Media. A Year Steeped in Mercy We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy...

Opening the Doors of Mercy

From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made mercy his hallmark. It’s no surprise, then, that he declared a special year dedicated to the contemplation of mercy. This is an extraordinary Jubilee Year which began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 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...

Mary: Our Model of Faith

    And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. —Luke 1:38 Think of all that Mary just learned: She will soon be expecting a baby, this child is the long-awaited Messiah who will restore Israel’s kingdom...

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...

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