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Similar Traits of Saints Anthony and Francis

On June 13, we celebrate the feast of Saint Anthony. This is the date on which he died in 1231, five years after the death of Saint Francis. Now is a good time to reflect on the many traits that Anthony and Francis hold in common.
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What Is the Franciscan Spirit?

As you can see, we have changed the name of our blog from American Catholic to Franciscan Spirit. We feel it better represents our mission: to spread the Gospel in the spirit of our founder, Saint Francis of Assisi. But what is the Franciscan spirit?  "It's powerful, because it is profoundly human," Fr. Richard Goodin, OFM, says. "It's a quality that reaches inside the Catholic tradition and has great value outside that tradition." Enjoy this week's video about our shared Franciscan spirit!
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A Friar on the Power of Hope

The loss of hope is a terrible thing. It can be lethal. But for most of us, a deficiency of it shows itself in more subtle ways: discouragement, putting our trust in everything but God, or focusing too much on the negative in the world. But hope is alive. We have to believe that.
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Holy Quotes from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. This is a man who, as we've seen, takes the time to visit the sick, bless children, embrace the imprisoned. He chooses to live in in an apartment rather than the papal rooms, and promotes the spirit of his namesake, Saint Francis. Yes, Pope Francis has much to teach us about faith, hope, and charity. Enjoy these quotes from our pope
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Traveling to Sacred Sites across America

In the late 1980s, I lived in Brooklyn. I had a pretty nice, reasonably priced, one-bedroom apartment, but my neighborhood was, to be charitable, tired. On weekends, there was nothing of interest to keep me there, so I got in the habit of taking the subway under the East River to Manhattan.
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Can We Earn God's Love?

A common misconception is that we have to do something virtuous or heroic to find favor with God. But the opposite is true, says Fr. Gary Caster, author of Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple. “What we have to do is accept what has already been proven by God in his son, Jesus,” Fr. Caster says. 
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Learn to Discern Your Vocation in an Age of Constant Hustle

The idea of being single in college is one that has many mixed reviews associated with it. Many might think of cuffing season—the idea that you must be dating someone by the time you come home for the holidays.
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What Will Your Legacy Be?

 Your faith is an important focus of your life—which is why you visit our websites or read our journals, magazines, or books. We often receive comments from readers who found help in these resources that they want to make sure they are available for generations to come. And you might feel that you want to do everything you can to sustain the good work of ministries that touch your heart and feed your soul. But how can you afford that?
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Pray Where You Are and Be As God Made You

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11–12) Saint John Paul II was fond of reminding the various groups of people to whom he spoke, “Be who you are!” Young people, married couples, consecrated men and women throughout the world heard this important reminder. I first heard him speak these words at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. It was an exciting time, one of great hope and promise, and his words struck at the heart of what so many of us too easily forget. 
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Seven Habits of Prayerful People

How easily the golfing pro drives a ball 280 yards! How gracefully the Olympic skater glides across the ice! How effortlessly the master teacher communicates even difficult concepts! But we are not fooled. We know that behind the apparent ease, grace, and spontaneity are years of discipline and training—the habits that have shaped the golfer, ice skater, teacher into a pro.
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