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A Franciscan Reflection on the Virgin Mary

"God is love," John Quigley, OFM, says. "And God wanted a physical way to be God." Enter Mary. God chose this young woman from Nazareth to be the mother of his son. And through her holiness and trust in God, Mary ushered Jesus into the universe. 
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Homily Helps: Discipleship Means Serving Others

Exegesis: Mark 9:30-37 Today’s Gospel highlights the second of three passion predictions Jesus proclaims in the midst of his disciples.
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Ask a Franciscan: Is Every Encyclical Infallible?

Q. I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the successor of St. Peter. Even so, is every encyclical infallible?
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Family Faith in Action | September 23

Read Mark 9:30-37 Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
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Strive for Love: A Message from Pope Francis

“A love that fails to grow is at risk,” Pope Francis says. “Growth can only occur if we respond to God's grace through constant acts of love, acts of kindness that become ever more frequent, intense, generous, tender and cheerful.”  Our pope has more to say on the subject of love: love for each other, love for God, and love from God.
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A Franciscan Perspective on Gender Equality

With the #MeToo movement gaining international attention in the last year, there is now a spotlight on how men and women treat each other. But hope remains, Frank Jasper, OFM, says, because we are all children of God. Father Frank even draws parallels to Saints Francis and Clare and uses them as models of respect and solidarity.
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Homily Helps: Jesus on the Meaning of Discipleship

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mk 8:27–35 Today’s Gospel is the first of three passion predictions which form the theological center of Mark’s understanding of discipleship (Mk 8:31–38; 9:30–37; 10:32–45).
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Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.” If so, isn’t free will a bad thing?
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Family Faith in Action | September 16

Read Mark 8: 27-35 Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" They said in reply, "John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets." And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?"
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Believe in Love: A Message from Pope Francis

A few weeks before his 33rd birthday, on an eight-day retreat to prepare for his ordination, Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote a short “Credo,” or statement of his personal beliefs (which can be found at the end of this blog). Here are his most intimate thoughts about the purpose and promise of love, “the greatest power for the transformation of reality.”
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