Bringing Francis to the Here and Now

This past June, I made a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, a pilgrimage administered by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs and sponsored by the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist. Over my years here, I knew this opportunity was available and wanted to participate, but the claims of young children and...

Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

For more Saint of the Day, click here. The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His...

Capernaum: Peter’s House

Since 1990, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) has been celebrated with special devotion in the modern church built over Peter’s house in Capernaum, by the Sea of Galilee. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed there (Mt 8:14-15, Mk 1:29-31, and Lk 4:38-39). Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse (Jn...

Modern-Day Martyr

Martyrdom is alive and well. From the witness of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Amazonian jungle to the hovering threat of execution for a Sudanese woman (whose alleged crime was converting to Christianity), what we think of as an ancient and lamentable practice has shown no abating. Of the approximate 70...

St. Rita, the Peacemaker

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457). Somehow, over the years, I had inherited a medium-sized statue of St. Rita. Had it not been for her name at the base of the statue, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to whom the statue represented. I actually found it to be a tad creepy at...

Standing on Holy Ground

Our guest blogger this week is Carole Dahlquist, Trade Marketing and Sales Support Manager for Franciscan Media. Julie Dortch Cragon has written a delightful book entitled Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces. The book launched on Saturday, May 3, in the month of Mary, at Julie’s bookstore, St....

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