Pope Francis Is Coming

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement, even as final planning for the events involved is still underway. As always there are detractors and critics, but overall the pope’s visit will be a major event in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The pope will draw the...

Thank You, Mom

I have a confession to make: I don’t like children. Let me rephrase: I don’t like children I’m not related to or know in some capacity. The sound of a crying child in a grocery store sends me right to the Chilean wine section. If an angry child in a restaurant raises his voice one too many...

God’s Love Has a Name and a Face

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. What is God’s love? It is not something vague, some generic feeling. God’s love has a name and a face: Jesus Christ, Jesus. Love for God is...

7 Ways to Thank Mom

It would be a scary world without our mothers. Moms are proof that God loves us. Regardless of our age, our location, or our independence, there’s something unmistakably comforting about them. Franciscan Media and Servant Books offer titles that would make excellent gifts for moms who are looking for...

‘A Bruised and Dirty Church’

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the...

April Showers

April showers are yielding to May flowers, right? During the past month, I’ve been watching two flowering trees in my backyard very closely. Two years ago I picked up a Dogwood tree and a Redbud tree from Lowe’s, with dreams of having clarions of spring out my back window. That’s the way...

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