Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

The Mysterious Workings of Grace

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM. He is coauthor of Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. When speaking of the word grace, it is important to clarify what grace really is. Grace is not something that we get from God. Grace is actually God...

That Wasn’t My Plan

When I was a child, I planned on being a major league baseball player.  As a teen, I planned to be a drummer in a world renowned rock band.  In college, I studied medicine and planned on a life in medicine to help people.  Well… I am none of those.  Not long ago, I came across a quote that has...

Pray Always

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. The Bible is full of tall orders. Between loving our enemies and forgiving...

Bathtub Reading

My bathroom is tucked under the coombed ceiling of my top floor, so instead of taking a quick shower in the morning, I allow time for a leisurely bath. And I always have one or more books designated at “tub reading.” These titles tend to be thoughtful, reflective kinds of books, something to...

Now Loading . . . the Bible

Our guest blogger today is Drew Savoy, a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana. He has a degree in communications with a journalism concentration. We all remember the days of the small Bibles being passed around everywhere from bus stops to shopping malls. Some may have been thrown away; others will be...

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