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7 Easy Tips for Personal Prayer

Saint Augustine wisely said, “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” But the deep meaning of our longing isn’t always so obvious. Ultimately, our restless aching is a yearning for God. We need to connect with God. We need prayer. We know this, both in our more reflective moments and in our more desperate moments. It’s then that we feel our need for prayer and try to go to that deep place. But given our lack of trust and our lack of practice, we struggle to get there. We don’t know how to pray or how to sustain ourselves in prayer.
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Family Faith in Action | September 30

Read Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 At that time, John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward."
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Oscar Romero: Journey to Sainthood

Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass. Over the next few days, his body lay in state in the cathedral where he had so often preached. Thousands of mourners filed past his coffin, many of them campesinos, landless peasants and field workers, who had traveled miles to be there.
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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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