Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was...

Making Good Choices

Fearing that he might not resist the temptations commonly experienced by lawyers, Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578–1622) became a Capuchin priest, a noted preacher, and a martyr. Each of us will die eventually. “What kind of conscience will I bring to that moment?” should be our main concern. “By faith,...

What Is a Saint?

The following is an excerpt from the book “Fearless: Stories of the American Saints” by Alice Camille and Paul Boudreau. We are tempted to reply at once: “a very holy person.” Ah, but what is holiness? That is a more complex issue. We can’t point to a foolproof lifestyle to define what...

To Pray as St. Francis Prayed

Most of us agree, I assume, that personal prayer can be described as a conversation between two parties—ourselves and God. Speaking for myself, I often find myself giving more importance to my side of the conversation than to God’s. I think, for example, that I have to be more responsible, try harder,...

Prayerful Preaching

When Fernando Bulhom, an Augustinian canon in Portugal, became a friar in 1220 and took the name Anthony, he had already acquired a vast knowledge of Scripture. After a brief time as a missionary in Morocco and a short time as chaplain for friars in a hermitage at Montepaolo, his talents as a preacher...

Croatia’s Fearless Defender of Life

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty like the Holocaust. More than 60 years have passed, but the shadows of that era linger. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such...

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