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...

Serving One Master

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-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. I’ve always taken pride in my academics. I’ve been a straight-A...

What Do I Say?

Franciscan Media has recently published a book to help those taking care of seriously ill and dying people to communicate with and comfort them. What Do I Say? Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying by Margrit Anna Banta offers just that, plus something more. By demystifying the process in a peaceful...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

Giving Thanks

Sometimes I use Preface 40 in the Roman Missal. I especially like the way it addresses God and says, “Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace….” Although nothing we say or do can ever increase God’s greatness, don’t we become different people...

Fear or Faith?

There’s an old story about a Cherokee elder and his grandson. He told his grandson all humans have an inner battle between two wolves: Fear and Faith. The grandson listened and sat quietly for a few moments, thinking. Then he asked the old man, “Which wolf wins?” His grandfather replied,...

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