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Saint Anthony Novena Day One: Man of Many Talents

Prayer O God, you are the source of all our gifts and talents. We thank you for the many gifts that you gave Fernando of Lisbon (later Anthony of Padua). Help us to see our own talents as coming from you and intended to lead others to you. Help us always to cooperate generously with your grace. Amen.
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Choose Love: A Message from Pope Francis

“The heart of the human being aspires to great things, lofty values, deep friendships, ties that are strengthened rather than broken by the trials of life. The human being aspires to love and to be loved. This is our deepest aspiration: to love and be loved; and definitively.” –Pope Francis
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Our Return to Holy Saturday

Now that Lent has long passed, and Easter celebrations have ended, we return to Holy Saturday, the space in which most of our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives unfold. On summer’s doorstep, in the wake of seeing the earth bloom to life, we are reminded of the coming dryness.
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One Friar to Another: Thank You, Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua lived a remarkable life as a Franciscan friar, but his ministry happened completely by accident. In this week's Franciscan Spirit Video, Friar Clifford Hennings pays homage to this famous Franciscan and discusses his ongoing influence on Catholics the world over.
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Live the Example and Children Will Follow

Walk the talk. Show, don’t tell. Values are caught, not taught—all variations of one theme: A good example is essential for good parenting. No doubt, if you don’t strive to live what you give, who knows what you’ll get? Like heat-seeking missiles, kids lock in on inconsistencies and double standards. Rare is the parent who has never been accosted with, “Why do I have to if you don’t?” or, “You tell me to show you respect, but you don’t show it to me,” or, “Maybe you should look at yourself.” Owww.
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Notes from a Friar: Love Your Enemies

“Love your enemies” (Mt 5:44). That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends; that’s hard enough.”
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Faith and Family for June 2: May All Be One

Read JN 17:20-26 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
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St. Anthony: Help Us Find Healing!

Many of us have wanted to believe that the Catholic Church had finally turned a corner in dealing with the crime of clerical sexual abuse.
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The Contemplative Franciscan Leader

Francis and Clare of Assisi’s quest for the living God included a life dedicated to contemplative practice. Their deepest desire, in fact, was to emulate Jesus Christ.
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Family: Holiness in Its Place

The life of God is not lived in a vacuum. We do not become Christians and then withdraw from relationships with others. Holiness is not something we find outside normal, everyday human activity. Any and all fruits of following Christ with Francis must show up primarily in those relationships which are fundamental: family life. Charity and prayer, penance, poverty, humility—all must have their first fruits in what we contribute to the atmosphere of our home.
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