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Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/1/17 7:00 AM

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers,...

The Holy Humility of Saint Francis

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 8/21/17 7:00 AM

And behold, he [a companion of Saint Francis] went into ecstasy and saw among the many thrones...

Saints: Our Guides to God

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 1/4/17 7:00 AM

A loving God offers us friendship, and the result of that gracious act is our holiness. God...

Where Saint Francis Walked

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 10/5/16 7:00 AM
Image: Chiesa Nuova, Assisi | Riccardo Cuppini.

Francis’ Birthplace

This small church in the form...

Live Like Saint Francis

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/15/16 7:00 AM

His name was Saint Francis of Assisi, and he used to praise God the Artist in every one of God’s...

The Jewish Jesus

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 7/28/16 7:55 AM
Image: Christ Among the Doctors, Giotto. Lower Church Assisi, 1310s.

Make no mistake: Jesus was...

Ask a Franciscan: Sacraments 101

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 5/20/16 7:00 AM

I receive many questions from curious, confused, or concerned Catholics about everything from the...

Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 11/29/15 2:00 AM

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers,...

Poverty & Peace: Saint Francis' Legacies

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 11/27/15 2:00 AM

Francis understood Jesus’s washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper at a very deep...

The Final Instructions of Saint Francis

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 10/12/15 11:40 AM

In September 1226, Francis realized that he would die soon. He dictated a Testament for his...