‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’

Our guest blogger is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who coauthors A Friar’s E-spirations e-newsletter. There is a powerful scene in the Gospel of Matthew following the incident of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus goes immediately to the Temple to cast out the money changers and all the...

A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

The following are excerpts from A Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Diane M. Houdek and published by Franciscan Media. A Year Steeped in Mercy We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy...

Year of Mercy: Burial for an Unknown Child

Corporal Work of Mercy: Bury the Dead In a simple, but dignified ceremony June 10 in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named “Francis,” fulfilling a...

Year of Mercy: ‘I Am Living with Saints’

Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless Hearing a beloved voice, a little boy hurriedly hobbled down the pale stone steps of the church hall to greet the priest with a tender hug. Father Khalil Jaar chuckled when he saw the sandy-haired child, Misho, playing dress-up by wearing one of his...

Heaven Awaits

Our guest blogger is Friar Jeremy Harrington, coauthor of the FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. We are coming to the end of the Church year. The Gospels have reminded us to be alert and vigilant for the second coming. The sun may be darkened, the moon will not give its light. “And then they...

Thanksgiving Day

“What are you thankful for?” That question triggers reflection on this national holiday. I allow events of the past to run through my mind and I invite you to do the same. I remember as a child making and coloring turkeys in art classes, doing a play for the PTA with costumes of Pilgrims and Native...

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