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...

Stepping Beyond the Birdbath

Have you ever gone to an event and had a sense that you were watching something that would be more than that event? I had the opportunity to attend a packed seminar on Franciscan mysticism in 2012 presented by Father Richard Rohr, OFM. And my wife and I found that Father Richard was able to reveal and unpack...

Prayer Warrior

On August 27 we celebrate the feast day of St. Monica. I can identify with her because she’s a mom who obviously cared about the eternal souls of those people around her whom she loved. She spent her entire life praying for others and it paid off. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than knowing that your...

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...

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