Desert wandering @ 10K feet

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to be traveling back from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LAREC) in Anaheim. The flight from west coast to east coast, as anyone who has done it can attest, is long and, in the best of situations, uneventful, with sleep, a bit of food, maybe a movie or a...

Apostle to the Apostles

 Recently in my reflections in this Lenten season, I felt inspired to look up a little more information about Mary Magdalene. I wasn’t aware that her name is mentioned in the Gospels around 12 times—more than most of the male apostles. And I also hadn’t thought about the fact that she was with Jesus...

Behold the Ark

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to New York with fellow journalists to get a glimpse of director Darren Aronofsky’s vision for his film Noah, which hits theaters March 28. One evening, we made a visit to Long Island to see a replica of the ark and meet with Aronofsky. (We also had a brief...

Sunshine and Shadow

Lent encourages us to take time apart from the everyday demands to listen to what God might be asking of us. Even people who don’t seem overtly religious understand some level of Lent’s demands. The transfiguration reminds us that Lent is a time of purification, a time of going beyond our limitations. We...

God’s Powerful Word

This year’s snowfall set a new record for Cincinnati and some other places in the Midwest. Snow increases the cost of keeping highways safe and drivable. Crews must plow and treat the roads if they are to be kept reasonably passable. The cost of the ice melt and the cost of spreading it strain budgets....

Psalm 36: Sin Speaks to the Sinner

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who is the assistant for the Poor Clare Nuns in the Midwest and is a contributor to Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. The Book of Psalms was composed many centuries before Jesus’ time. The psalms are beautiful prayers that...

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