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A Rose by Any Other Name

If you've ever donated to Franciscan Media, chances are you received a beautiful, handwritten thank-you note from our own Sister Rose Lima, OSF. She's such a blessing—and an important part of our mission to spread the Gospel in the spirit of Saint Francis. In this week's Franciscan Spirit Video, Sister Rose shares with us how she embraced her religious name.
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The Loneliness of Mary

Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, has from the earliest Christian tradition been given a preeminence of place and status in our faith, far beyond any other person in history. She gave God’s son flesh and blood, and no one was closer to the Savior. In preparation for that unique role, God preserved her from original sin and from all personal sin.
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Faith and Family for May 26: Peace I Leave with You

Read JN 14:23-29 Jesus said to his disciples: "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
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The Gospel of Prayer

One of the places we can turn to for help in learning how to pray is the Gospel of Luke. More so than any of the other Gospels, his is the Gospel of prayer. Luke gives us glimpses of Jesus praying in virtually every kind of situation: Jesus prays when he is joy-filled, he prays when he is in agony, he prays with others around him, and he prays when he is alone at night, withdrawn from all human contact. He prays high on a mountain, on a sacred place, and he prays on the level plane, where ordinary life happens.
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Clare of Assisi: A Servant Leader Ahead of Her Time

Saint Clare of Assisi is possibly best known for her holy demeanor, her rejection of material wealth, and her life of voluntary poverty. While those are admirable qualities, she was also a formidable servant leader.
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Ave Maria: Calling upon Mother Mary

The Hail Mary has always been one of my favorite prayers and the one that I rely upon the most when I feel the need for assistance from the Mother of God. One of the first prayers I was taught, it reminds me of my grandmothers, May crownings and Marian songs.
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Gospel Lessons from Jean Vanier

It would have been hard to imagine a few years ago that I would even know who Jean Vanier was—to say nothing of mourning his passing.
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Faith and Family for May 19: Love One Another

Read JN 13:31-33A, 34-35 When Judas had left them, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once.
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Angels Watching Over Me

Do you believe in angels? I do. I always have. As a mom and manager, I like the idea that God, in his infinite wisdom, knows how to delegate work. The delegates of choice? Angels. That’s clear in the Bible. There are people whom we call angels, too.
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Climate Change in Franciscan Ministry: Danger or Opportunity?

Not all climate changes apply to the weather. Some are societal.The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University reports that in the US there were about half as many religious priests (those in Orders such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits) in 2017 as in 1970.
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