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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is joy-filled, he prays when he is in agony, he prays with others around him, and he prays when he is alone at night, withdrawn from all human contact.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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Our Quest for Happiness and Meaning

Happiness and a meaningful life are inseparable. You may know people who appear to have whatever good fortune can give and are nevertheless desperately unhappy. And there are others who in the midst of raw misery are deeply at peace and—well, genuinely happy. See if you can find where the difference lies. When we go deep enough, we find that the happy ones have found the one thing which the others are lacking: meaning in life. But we should not call meaning a “thing.” It is, in fact, the one reality in our life which is nothing.
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Living a Prayerful Life: God in the Details

There are two ways to live prayerfully in your everyday life. The first is to pray around, in and through the ordinary activities of your day. The second is to cultivate a contemplative lifestyle. With a little creativity, you can find many ways to interweave your life with prayer. Here are 10 suggestions...
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Women of the Gospels

The women of the Gospels give us all a unique picture of what Jesus had to say about women and their unique relationship with him. Finding ourselves in their stories can help us as women in our quest for identity and intimacy in Christ. 
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Faith and Family for August 18: A Cause of Division

Read LK 12:49-53 Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!  There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!  Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 
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A Franciscan Response to the El Paso and Dayton Shootings

It's been over a week since the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. How do we heal from these unspeakable tragedies? Brother Christopher has some words of comfort to help us in that journey.
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Compassionate Parenting

I was going to be the best mother. I would blow everyone away with my mothering skills—most of all my husband, who, amid his longing for fatherhood, carried the ominous expectation that it would be the weight to finally completely cripple him with anxiety. Luckily, I knew my motherhood would render parenting our first child a breeze. He’d be ready for six more in no time.
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Saint Clare of Assisi, Revolutionary

Clare of Assisi was a revolutionary woman. Born into nobility, Clare was hampered by a rigid Medieval social structure. But she dared to step outside of that structure and live a life of humility, poverty, and service. Her life created a movement that lives and breathes to this day.
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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Nine: Ripples of Faith

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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Eight: Honoring Our Talents

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