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Lent and Forgiveness

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 3/25/18 12:00 AM

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. So many teachings in the gospel...

The Roots of Fat Tuesday, the Fruits of Lent

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 2/13/18 7:00 AM

Fat Tuesday, for many Catholics, is an exercise in excess. It's a day where many eat probably...

Jesus and the Women of the Gospels

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 2/6/18 7:00 AM
 

One of the most striking aspects of the gospel accounts is the role of Jesus’ life and his...

A Closer Look at Heaven

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 1/31/18 7:00 AM

Our earthbound language is very limited when it comes to describing heaven. But the old romantic...

The Face of Jesus

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 12/16/17 7:00 AM

Ancient tradition tells us that Luke, the author of the third Gospel, was a physician. In fact,...

This Life and the Next

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 7/5/17 7:00 AM

I have been a Franciscan priest for 55 years. As a priest, a good deal of my ministry has been...

Models of Faith: Saint Mary Magdalene

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 7/3/17 12:28 PM

Thanks to the Gospels, we know who Jesus’ disciples were. First and foremost there was Mary, the...

God’s Great Gift: The Ten Commandments

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 3/28/17 7:00 AM

In 1988, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, a multimillionaire, and a man of strong opinions,...

Pope Francis Said What?

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 1/31/17 7:00 AM

You may recall Pope Francis’ statement a couple of years ago concerning God’s love. First, the...

The Hour of Our Death

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 1/17/17 6:00 AM

I recently received a touching e-mail from a woman who described the moment her dear husband...