Dirt

I’m almost embarassed to be writing about gardening as a spiritual metaphor because it’s become something of a cliche, but with Paul’s words to the Corinthians in mind, “We are fools for the sake of Christ,” (1 Cor 4:10) I’ll saunter on. The backyard of the house...

Preparing for Pilgrimage

As you read this, I will be arriving in Italy for a Franciscan pilgrimage. For the past two weeks I’ve been getting ready. Amidst all the physical preparations, including creating “the List” (of things to do, buy, and pack for the trip — keeping in mind to simplify, simplify), buying good walking...

Passion

I spent last week at a trade show for Catholic publishers and book store owners. The normal buying and selling was going on, but I found inspiration in the conversations I had with authors, bookstore owners, distributors, and other Catholic businesses. Each one has their own little corner of ministry. As I...

“Mercy, mercy, looking for mercy”

One of the words Pope Francis uses over and over again is mercy. Every time I see a reference to his book The Church of Mercy, Peter Gabriel’s haunting song “Mercy Street: For Anne Sexton” starts playing in my head. The imagery in the music video makes clear the connection to Anne...

Prayer Makes the Difference

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. Coming home from college is almost as weird a transition as leaving for...

We Belong to God

Recently, one of our friars said this in a homily: “It does not matter who we are, but whose we are.” I think what he was trying to tell us is that the most important reality of our identity is that we belong to God. Once we really believe that, and appreciate what it means, everything else falls...

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