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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 and Peace: Saint Francis' Legacies

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

Francis understood Jesus’ 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...

Pope Francis: Our Spiritual Guide

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/21/15 6:25 PM

On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention by choosing St. Francis of Assisi...

Pope Francis's Call to Avoid Appropriation

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/16/15 5:48 PM

St. Francis of Assisi considered “appropriation” as the root sin because it claims for a person...

Pope Francis after Saint Francis

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/12/15 5:41 PM

When Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose to be called Pope Francis after Saint Francis...

The Joy of Pope Francis

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 9/11/15 1:32 PM

Pope Francis radiates joy at public events (think World Youth Day in Brazil and similar...

Helping Brother Leo

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 8/19/15 10:58 AM

Brother Leo was one of Francis’ first followers and closest companions, especially in the last...

Making Good Choices

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 7/20/15 9:19 PM

Fearing that he might not resist the temptations commonly experienced by lawyers, Fidelis of...

Ask a Franciscan: Is Every Encyclical Infallible?

by Pat McCloskey, OFM on 7/2/15 8:45 PM

Q. I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the...