Francis’ Oldest Prayer

The oldest writing of St. Francis is probably his “Prayer before the Crucifix,” which dates to 1205 or 1206—very early in his conversion process. In this short prayer, after Francis asks God to enlighten the darkness of his heart, he requests “true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,...

Nobody Doesn’t Love Serra

Among all the announcements around Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, one of the most exciting for Franciscan-minded people was the unveiling of plans to canonize American missionary Junipero Serra. While my fellow residents of the USA might tend to think that Christianity has been here...

Living on the Edge of the Inside: Simplicity and Justice

Our guest blogger today is Richard Rohr, best-selling author of the new book Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. To learn more about Richard, click here. Francis and Clare were not so much prophets by what they said as in the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives....

There’s Something about Francis

Two articles popped into my Facebook news feed yesterday, both on the search for the authentic St. Francis: a The New Yorker article, Looking for St. Francis, about a display in New York of the few documents in Francis’s own hand, and “Early Celano Umbrian Legend Discovered.” The second...

St. Nicholas: The Original Santa Claus

St. Nicholas lived in Myra, a city in the province of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during the fourth century. His parents died when he was a teenager and left him with quite a bit of money. Nicholas then went to live with his uncle, who was a priest. At some point, Nicholas became aware of a man who had...

Peace and Good!

Things have been bustling in the St. Anthony Messenger editorial offices for the past few weeks. No, it’s not the usual panic, getting 60 pages planned, created, finished, and off to the printer. It’s the bustle of Franciscan Editor Patrick McCloskey, OFM, and his new book Peace and Good, a...

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