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Holy Week – A Week of Memory

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM A number of years ago, at one of the rare times in which Holy Week and Passover did not come together, I had the privilege of being invited to share one of the nights of Passover in a Jewish home. To say the least it was quite an honor for me and they...
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Resolutions and Insanity

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM Unless you happen to be like my muse, Calvin, in the comic strip, I suspect you are about to make some New Year’s resolutions. How did you do on last year’s resolutions?  About the same as the rest of us? One ad hominem wisdom saying defines “insanity”...
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Christmas Has Only Just Begun!

By Fr. Dan Horan, OFM Christmas is much more than a one-day event. While many people are familiar with the multi-week length of liturgical seasons throughout the Christian calendar — Ordinary Time, Advent and Lent, for example — few realize that Christmas is not just the...
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Franciscans and the Christmas Message

In his Christmas reflection, Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, General Minister of the world-wide Order of Friars Minor, shares his thoughts on Christ’s birth and calls Franciscans — and all people — to model their lives and ministries ever more closely to the examples set by St....
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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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Easter Greeting from General Minister of Order of Friars Minor

By Jocelyn Thomas For weeks, the world has focused on Rome. Now, Rome is focusing on celebrating Easter. In a letter distributed by the Order this month, General Minister Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, spoke about the Year of Faith and the need for people to think of...
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Pope Francis’s Thoughts on Responding to God’s Call – Part 2

The following is the continuation of Pope Francis’s homily during his March 19 inaugural Mass. In it, he speaks of the importance of tenderness in protecting and caring for all people, especially children, the elderly and those in need, as well as creation. Click here for...
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Hope in Troubled Times

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM Recently a woman who is good friend of mine and with whom I have been in regular correspondence wrote to me of the following concern: “I’m worried about the future. There is so much pain, mental illness, family breakdown and loss of faith. We...
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A Seasonal Reflection: A Fast From the Unusual

During the season of Lent, we are reminded of Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross to save us from our sins. As we journey toward Easter, we are invited to put aside distractions and focus on prayer. Below, Fr. Philip O’Shea, OFM, encourages readers to take advantage of the new...
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