Fellow Admirers of Saint Francis

Posted by Jack Wintz, OFM on 8/24/16 7:00 AM

Murray Bodo in front of the Basilica of Saint Francis
Image: Murray Bodo in front of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Jack Wintz, OFM.

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of Saint Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had boarded a Greyhound Bus in his hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, and headed east some 1,500 miles on a ribbon of highway. He arrived in Cincinnati two days later.

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Topics: Catholic Authors, Franciscan, saint francis, murray bodo, assisi

Follower of Saint Francis: Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv.

Posted by Daniel Imwalle on 8/23/16 7:00 AM

Vision of Saint Francis
Image: Visión de San Francisco de Asís, Francisco de Zurbarán.

"Be real! Action speaks volumes!” Friar Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv., exclaims when asked how Saint Francis would evangelize to young people. 

It’s not hard to tell that Rick is passionate about his work with FrancisCorps—an organization headquartered in Syracuse, New York.

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Topics: Franciscan, st. francis, followers of saint francis, rick riccioli

My Friend, Mother Teresa

Posted by Guest Blogger on 8/22/16 7:00 AM

My Friend Mother Teresa
Image: Blessed Teresa of Kolkata smiles during the opening of a Missionaries of Charity convent in Detroit in 1979. (CNS photo/Dwight Cendrowski)

I'll never forget when I heard that Mother Teresa had died. I heard a reporter announce, "Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poorest of the world's poor, died Friday in Calcutta, India, where she lived since her work with the destitute began five decades ago. She was 87."

Startled and saddened by the announcement, I found myself reflecting upon that grace-filled moment in time I spent with her in Calcutta, India, in October 1987. I could hear the sounds and smell the strange, pungent odors that are Calcutta. I longed to kiss Mother Teresa's worn, calloused hands and embrace her again.

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Topics: mother teresa sainthood, mother teresa, saint teresa of calcutta

Caring for Creation on a Budget

Posted by Kyle Kramer on 8/20/16 7:00 AM


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Topics: creation, laudato si, caring for creation, environment

Women of the Gospels

Posted by Colleen C. Mitchell on 8/19/16 7:00 AM

Women of the Gospels
Image: The Dance of Salome, Benozzo Gozzoli. Wikimedia Commons.

The women of the Gospels give us all a unique picture of what Jesus had to say about women and their unique relationship with him. Finding ourselves in their stories can help us as women in our quest for identity and intimacy in Christ. That is the hope behind my book, Who Does He Say You Are?: Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels.

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Topics: Jesus, women in the bible, women's spirituality, Gospels

Some Thoughts on the Devil

Posted by Nick Luken on 8/18/16 7:00 AM

Some Thoughts on the Devil
Image: Flickr. 

In my experience, one of the most polarizing parts of the Catholic faith among young people is the existence and nature of demons, hell, and especially Satan. On one side of the issue are people who have a hard time believing in the power or even the existence of the devil. They have a hard time believing that a good and loving God would allow the existence of a place of eternal torture or a legion of spiritual beings bent on our destruction. So, they either walk away from the Church or simply ignore the bits of doctrine with which they’re uncomfortable.

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Topics: triumph over evil, devil, satan, the nature of evil, hell, demons

Pope Francis on the Dangers Facing Mother Earth

Posted by Alicia von Stamwitz on 8/17/16 7:00 AM


Our common home is at risk. Time, my brothers and sisters, seems to be running out; we are not yet tearing one another apart, but we are tearing apart our common home. Today, the scientific community realizes what the poor have long told us: harm, perhaps irreversible harm, is being done to the ecosystem.

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Topics: Pope Francis, Ecology, care for creation, laudato si, climate change, environment

A Priest Remembers Mother Teresa

Posted by Guest Blogger on 8/16/16 7:00 AM

Remembering Mother Teresa

Image: Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo. (CNS photo/KNA)

Mother Teresa influenced countless believers while she was alive. One such person was Father Patrick McCloughlin. He describes the powerful impact she had on those who met her: "It was like meeting Christ. You wanted to fall to your knees and adore her." He should know: this soon-to-be-saint changed his life.

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Topics: mother teresa sainthood, mother teresa, st. teresa of calcutta, kolkata

Mercy: A Force that Overcomes Everything

Posted by Greg Friedman, OFM on 8/15/16 3:00 AM

Image: Basilica of the Anunciation, Nazareth. flickr.

Each year I’m privileged to visit the Holy Land to promote the nearly 800-year-old mission of the Franciscans there. With each visit, I discover something new. God is always at work, opening up new insights for any pilgrim who visits this ancient land.

This past spring, I spent nearly a week with the friars who live at and minister in the great Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During my stay I explored this modern church—consecrated in 1969—each day with my camera, photographing the contemporary artwork and striking architecture which helps the visitor come closer to the mystery of the Incarnation.

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Topics: Year of Mercy, mercy

Jesus: The Greatest Storyteller

Posted by Guest Blogger on 8/13/16 7:00 AM

Image: Casa Thomas Jefferson.

A good story has a wonderful way of touching our hearts. From childhood on, we love to hear them. Over the years, I have told stories in my books and lectures. Often, they were my stories—those of my family or a personal experience that touched my heart.

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Topics: Jesus, storytime, stories

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