Richard Rohr: Breathing Under Water, Day 1

Our guest blogger today is Richard Rohr, author of Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps as well as its Companion Journal. To mourn for one is to mourn for all. To mourn with all is to fully participate at the very foundation of Being Itself. For some reason, which I am yet to...

Make Room For the Lord

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. To avoid running aground on the rocks, our spiritual life cannot be reduced to a few religious moments. In the succession of days and seasons,...

Escape from the Danger Zone

Just this month, I had an amazing opportunity to tour Jordan with some journalist friends and the Jordan Tourism Board. Many of my friends and family were worried about my safety while I was there. True enough, there were four shootings and two bomb threats during those ten days. But those all happened...

What Jesus Wants

Some old men came to see Abba Poemen, and said to him: “Tell us, when we see brothers dozing during the sacred office, should we pinch them so they will stay awake?” The old man said to them: “Actually, if I saw a brother sleeping, I would put his head on my knees and let him rest.” The seductive...

Reconciliation: Graced Opportunities

Our guest blogger is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of the free newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. One of my greatest joys as a priest is to be an instrument of God’s mercy to people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some people tell me they leave freer and with a lighter heart after hearing,...

Methods of Travel—Part One

“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” —Pope Francis In planning my trip to Philadelphia these past few weeks, I...

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