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...

Embracing God’s Cross

We have no stingy God. Instead, our God always offers us grace after grace and then grace within grace. I wrote in an earlier post about being graced with a sense of being embraced and consoled in the merciful arms of our crucified God, a God who is always reaching out in self-forgetting love to embrace our...

Giving Glory Back to God

Most of us who are Christian are well acquainted with the familiar prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” This prayer is known as a doxology (from the Greek word doxa, meaning...

Cinch By the Inch

“It’s a cinch by the inch, but hard by the yard” is a maxim I repeat often. When something feels too big for me, I remind myself that I don’t have to tackle it all at once. Breaking it down into smaller pieces makes it more manageable—and less overwhelming. As a college student, I parceled each...

Merton Now, As Always

Wednesday, January 15, of this week would have been the 99th birthday of Thomas Merton. I’ve been immersed in Merton lately, mostly because Franciscan Media is publishing several books and audiobooks this coming Fall in preparation for the centennial of his birth in 2015. I couldn’t be in a...

Go Green—Even in Winter

For most in this country, it’s too cold to be outside, but that hasn’t stopped us from piling in our cars and crowding streets and interstates. It’s no secret that we Americans have a dependency on our cars. In fact, the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s oldest environmental organizations, reports...

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