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Tag Archives: Franciscan life

The Joy of Not Counting

The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Continue Reading The Joy of Not Counting

Making Peace in a Time of War

As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. Continue Reading Making Peace in a Time of War

Simplicity Is about Freedom

We will not be happy living selfishly in a small world. Continue Reading Simplicity Is about Freedom

The Spirit of Francis

Like Francis and Clare, we need to become earth-loving saints, committed to our planet and its peoples. Continue Reading The Spirit of Francis

Living the Gospel without Gloss

Humans tend to live themselves into new ways of thinking more than think themselves into new ways of living. Continue Reading Living the Gospel without Gloss

A Ministry of Action and Contemplation

One of the foundational charisms of St. Francis of Assisi was the way he integrated contemplation and action. Continue Reading A Ministry of Action and Contemplation

God Surrenders to Us in Love

God does not hold back and wait until we get things right; rather, God loves us where we are and as we are. Continue Reading God Surrenders to Us in Love

Taking a Step Towards Simplicity

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times Taking a Step Towards Simplicity Wednesday, October 7, 2020 As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. . . . For we have been called to heal wounds, to bind up the broken, and to call home any who have… Continue Reading Taking a Step Towards Simplicity

Openness and Receptivity

Simplicity Openness and Receptivity Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Despite many differing views of Jesus’ life and teaching, we can say confidently that Jesus was a poor man who fully embraced life with those on the margins of society. Francis of Assisi certainly did the same, and it became his litmus test for all orthodoxy and… Continue Reading Openness and Receptivity

Embracing Enoughness

Simplicity Embracing Enoughness Tuesday, June 30, 2020 I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. —Lao Tzu Most of us have grown up with a capitalist worldview which makes a virtue and goal out of accumulation, consumption, and collecting. It has taught us to assume, quite falsely, that more is better. But it’s… Continue Reading Embracing Enoughness

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