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The Franciscan Spirit in Over-the-Rhine

In 2009’s Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges won a well-deserved Oscar for playing Bad Blake, an aging country singer, failed father, drunk, and warrior poet. The film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind,” is playing in my office as I write this. Piercing the gravel-laden and unforgettable delivery of Ryan Bingham’s voice are the sounds of the neighborhood in which I work: police sirens, pedestrians, and blaring car horns fill the air. The chorus of the song reflects the journey of the film’s protagonist, but it’s just as true of the neighborhood I’m in: “This ain’t no place for the weary kind.”
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One with Creation

This is the third and final blog in our series on caring for creation, in conjunction with our friends at the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office.
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Stewardship of Creation: An Earth Day Message

“Nature is at our disposition and we are called to exercise a responsible stewardship over it,” Pope Francis said in 2014 at the World Day of Peace. “Yet so often we are driven by greed and by the arrogance of dominion, possession, manipulation and exploitation; we do not preserve nature; nor do we respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations. ”
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Liminal Space

Holy Saturday | Readings: Luke 24:1-12
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A Meditation on the Crucifixion of Christ

“In the Upper Room, on the night before Jesus died out of love for us, He prayed what has come to be known as the “priestly prayer.” (CCC 2747) This took place at the Last Supper. Recorded in John 17, Jesus allows us “to eavesdrop on his threefold prayer to the Father—a prayer for himself, for his disciples and for those, including ourselves, who would follow him. These words were designed to reassure his apostles that he was and would continue to intercede for them prayerfully, even after he left them for the last time.” (Meeting God in the Upper Room 50).
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Lent with Richard Rohr: The Scapegoat and Scapegoating

Good Friday | Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; John18:1-19:42
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Unpacking the Ritual

  Holy Thursday | Readings: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; John 13:1-15
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Faith and Family for April 21: The New Life of Easter

Read JN 20:1-9 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark,  and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter  and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,  “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,  and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 
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Lent with Richard Rohr: How Much Did Jesus Know and When Did He Know It?

  Wednesday of Holy Week | Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 26:14-25
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Lent with Richard Rohr: The Pain of Betrayal

Tuesday of Holy Week | Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6; John 13:21-33, 36-38
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