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How Saint Francis Experienced Conversion

Everybody knows Saint Francis as a pillar of humility, simplicity, and grace. What few realize is that the young Francesco Bernardone was born into privilege, spoiled, and hungry for fame on the battlefield. But that was not to be. God had grander plans for Francis.
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Our Belief in God

In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public life to show how much God loved everyone—including those rejected by the religious leaders who were convinced God couldn’t love people who broke the law.
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Notes from a Friar: Encountering a Stranger

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it. Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld stopped in recently. They’ve moved so many times that they switch up the biblical phrase, “pilgrims and strangers” and describe themselves as “strange pilgrims”. Anytime a person changes residences, it does feel strange. As our Howell Street Friary moves to join Pleasant Street Friary, I’m returning to a neighborhood I knew long ago that is now quite different.
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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his people; peace is our gift to each other.” These words, from Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Wiesel, are my go-to on Franciscan Media’s social channels whenever a mass shooting befouls our country. Needless to say, I’ve tweeted these words far too often.
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My Interview with Padre Pio

I first met Padre Pio in 1967, the year before his death. He was old and very ill. As a journalist, I went to his home in San Giovanni Rotondo on assignment, and I had the opportunity to speak with him on two occasions. I was extremely impressed, not so much by the stories of miracles that people told about him but by the extraordinary moral strength that emanated from his whole being.
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Following Saints Francis and Clare

Franciscan Father Greg Friedman says that Saint Francis of Assisi found a way to communicate his personal experience of God with those around him and with his followers. "I think what's attractive about Francis," he says, "is that he found a way to bridge the gap between our human perceptions and divinity." Clare understood that as well.
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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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Finding God in the Everyday

Ever felt lost on your spiritual journey? Many people have—even in the Bible. A very wealthy young man runs to Jesus, kneels at his feet and asks him: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). After this eager inquirer asserts that he has faithfully kept God’s commands all his life, Jesus lovingly invites him to a deeper level of discipleship—along with a promise that he will find treasure in heaven—after selling his possessions. When the young man hears this, he walks away sad because he refuses to give up his many possessions. 
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Fear Is My Teacher

One of my favorite scenes from A Charlie Brown Christmas is the one in which our hero books some face time with Lucy, the resident psychiatrist. For a paltry nickel, she runs down a list of phobias from which Charlie might be suffering.
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A Franciscan Response to Bullying

School is in session across the country—and that means bullying will be back in full swing. Friar Roger Lopez, a religion teacher at a Franciscan  high school, has a response to those who harm others: "There's no place for bullying the kingdom of God."  Enjoy this Franciscan response to bullying!
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