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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...

An Important Resolution for the New Year

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 12/30/16 7:00 AM

As we get into the new year, we’ve probably heard more than a few conversations about New Year’s...

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 12/29/16 7:00 AM

Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the...

Mary's Special Place in Our Faith

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 12/14/16 7:00 AM

  

Mary is indeed a very special person for us Catholics. Episcopalian and Lutheran Christians also...

Humanizing God

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 11/11/16 7:00 AM
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We are all familiar with the ways in which Jesus used imagery to help us...

A Celebration of Saints

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 11/1/16 7:00 AM

Each time we pray the Nicene Creed, we say, “I believe in the communion of saints.” This...

Mother Teresa's Doubts Reveal a Deep Faith

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 7/10/16 1:30 PM
Image: Mother Teresa is pictured holding a candle in this undated photo. (CNS)

I have always...

Purgatory 101

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 6/27/16 10:26 AM
Image: Baroque fresco, 1749, Simon Benedikt Faistenberger. Saint Ulrich am Pillersee parish church:...

The Loneliness of Mary of Nazareth

by Jim Van Vurst, OFM on 4/7/16 7:00 AM

Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, has from the earliest Christian tradition been given a...