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St. Anthony of Padua: Worker of Wonders in Word and Deed

By Fr. Russell Becker, OFM “The Church proclaims the Paschal Mystery achieved in the saints who have suffered and have been glorified with Christ. She proposes them to the faithful as examples, drawing all to the Father through Christ; and through them, she pleads for God’s...
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Homily of Pope Francis on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

We hope you had a Blessed Feast of St. Francis! The following is a homily given by Pope Francis during the Oct. 4th Feast Day Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. I give you thanks, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise...
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The Canticle of the Creatures

In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is Oct. 4, we would like to take this opportunity to share one of his most beautiful writings, “The Canticle of the Creatures,” composed as a hymn in the year 1225. Francis wrote, “I wish to compose a new hymn about the...
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Seasonal Reflection: St. Clare of Assisi

By Fr. Thomas Hartle, OFM The feast of St. Clare, lifelong friend of St. Francis of Assisi, is celebrated Aug. 11. Below, Holy Name Province’s spiritual assistant to the Poor Clares shares his thoughts on the first abbess of the Second Order of Franciscans. In an age when the...
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Seasonal Reflection: St. Bonaventure

By Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM In anticipation of the feast of St. Bonaventure on July 15, Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM, pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J., reflects on the ways his community embodies the teachings of the 13th century saint. On the list of...
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Seasonal Reflection: St. Anthony of Padua

By Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM In anticipation of the feast of St. Anthony, Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., reflects on the way that the friars at St. Anthony see their parish’s patron saint at work in their community, one of the most...
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Living the ‘Prayer of St. Francis’ With All of Creation

By Fr. Dan Horan, OFM There is probably no saint more revered and well known in all of Christian history than St. Francis of Assisi. Today Christians, and many non-Christians alike, celebrate the life and legacy of this medieval Italian man who is known the world over for his...
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Celebrating Over 800 Years of Franciscan Life

By Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM In 2009, the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province took an unusual route in reaching out to young adult men about considering a life of prayer and spiritual service in our Catholic faith community. With our Manhattan provincial headquarters a virtual...
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The Greatest Saint and His Admirers

In honor of the feast of St. Francis, which is Oct. 4, we would like to share the following reflection by Fr. Roy Gasnick, OFM. More books have been written about St. Francis of Assisi than about any other Christian saint. Each year, one the average, another five books about him...
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St. Clare of Assisi — 800 Years (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of a reflection entitled “St. Clare of Assisi — 800 Years” by Fr. Russell Becker, OFM. Click here to read Part 1. Passion of the Lord Clare, like Francis, had a deep love for the Christ who suffered and died for our sake. Blessed John...
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