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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...

We Are in the Hands of God

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 1/2/17 7:00 AM

We know that God is a pure and infinite spirit. But Scripture also attributes human...