Poor on purpose

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Clare of Assisi vowed to live in poverty not for its own sake but to enrich her relationships with others and God. Today her way of life is not just for cloistered nuns.

Francis and Clare. Even though he was the better known of the two, it was Clare who most captured my attention at my Franciscan high school. From the beginning, there was something about her life that resonated deep in my being.


Poor on purpose

By Fran Ferder| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Clare of Assisi vowed to live in poverty not for its own sake but to enrich her relationships with others and God. Today her way of life is not just for cloistered nuns.

Francis and Clare. Even though he was the better known of the two, it was Clare who most captured my attention at my Franciscan high school. From the beginning, there was something about her life that resonated deep in my being.


Globe-trotter

By Greg Heffernan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
St. Francis Xavier was a trusting missionary to the East.

Globe-trotter

By Greg Heffernan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
St. Francis Xavier was a trusting missionary to the East.

Who wrote the gospels?

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

My brother was born prematurely during a blizzard. Mom made it to the hospital in time to deliver, but Dad was stuck in a snow bank, the tires of our Chevy spinning as he shoveled cinders furiously. My sisters and I were bundled in snowsuits in the backseat, going nowhere as the cold crept into the car.


Angels we have heard on low

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Article Spirituality
Angels are the personal manifestations of the earthbound grace of God. John Shea comments on the role of angels in the spiritual lives of people in an excerpt from A Month by Month Guide to Entertaining Angels by Mark Boyer.

A recent novel begins with a spaceship surging into outer space. One of the astronauts glances out the portal at the vast empty expanse. An angel wings by.


My guardian dear: Guardian angels in action

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Article Spirituality
A personal cherub, ever this day, at your side? How else do you explain those close calls?

No one likes to be taken for granted. I suppose even pure spirits bristle at neglect. That's why I've spent a lot of time these past few years apologizing to my guardian angel.

Many adult Catholics dismiss the presence of these protectors as harmless residue from their parochial years. The widespread belief that each person receives a special angel to watch over their bodily and spiritual health has often been associated with the protection of children in both prayer and art.


Island Queen: A reflection on Our Lady of Charity

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Our Lady of Charity warms the hearts of Cubans both on the island and dispersed throughout the world.

As Cuban refugees in Puerto Rico, my parents made it a priority in our upbringing for my brother Ignacio and me to learn Cuban history and traditions, from music and family stories to geography and José Martí’s poetry.


Island Queen: A reflection on Our Lady of Charity

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Our Lady of Charity warms the hearts of Cubans both on the island and dispersed throughout the world.

As Cuban refugees in Puerto Rico, my parents made it a priority in our upbringing for my brother Ignacio and me to learn Cuban history and traditions, from music and family stories to geography and José Martí’s poetry.


Blessed are you: John Paul II

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Vatican
How do we honor a pope whose complexities are still fresh in our memory?

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