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Br. Casey Cole on the Franciscan Spirit

  What is it about the Franciscan spirit that draws so many people in? Br. Casey Cole, OFM, says it's an unmistakable sense of family that makes it so appealing. And Saint Francis wouldn't have it any other way. "Francis wanted everybody to live this life," Br. Casey says. "He wanted people to live the Gospel." In this week's Friar Friday video, Br. Casey delves deeper into the Franciscan spirit and how it enriches the faith lives of those it touches.
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A Call to Discipleship

Exegesis of the Gospel, Mk 6:7–13 Mark describes the process Jesus used to call his first disciples in 1:16–20. Jesus summoned four fishermen and immediately they left their fishing boats and pointed their lives in a new and challenging direction called discipleship. In today's Gospel the number of disciples has increased to 12. Jesus is going to authorize and empower them to assist him in the work of proclaiming the good news in word and by deed.
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The Hour of Our Death

I recently received a touching e-mail from a woman who described the moment her dear husband died. “As he took his last breath, he reached his hand out as if trying to touch someone,” she wrote. “And in my heart, I believe he was being met by our daughter and his mom and dad.” I thanked her for sharing that sacred moment with me—a moment she will never forget.
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6 Clean Reads for Catholic and Christian Teens

Summer break is upon us, and that means bored teenagers who might need something to do besides play on their phones! If you're looking to encourage a teenage reader with faith-filled books that offer escape, adventure, and food for thought, look no further. Here are six recommendations for clean books for teens from Franciscan Media.
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Saint Francis and Prayer

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was more real than many of the things he had been considering more important.
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What Is a Gospel-Centered Life?

In today's consumer-driven world, there are many ways for you to live your life. Maybe some of the avenues you've taken have led nowhere. But what if God is calling you to take a road less traveled? This is exactly what happened to Richard Goodin, OFM. God knocked on the door of his heart—and Friar Richard opened it.
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The Pain of Rejection

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6a An important theme running throughout the Gospel of Mark is Jesus being rejected by the very people who should accept and support him. His family thinks he is crazy (Mk 3:21), his hometown people think he is a fraud (Mk 6:1-6), his disciples flee from him at the moment he needs them most (Mk 14:50), and even God seems to have abandoned Jesus (Mk 15:34). 
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The Life and Times of Thérèse of Lisieux

Born toward the end of the nineteenth century, Thérèse entered the world when middle-class religion in France was narrow and rule-bound. The French Revolution toppled the Church in France from its position of power. Liberty, equality and fraternity, the watchwords of the new secular society, were held suspect by religious people, who tended to distance themselves from politics and the wider culture.
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A Reflection on Freedom

Reverence for liberty and democracy, desire for broad participation and consultation, love of diverse opinions, and freedom of expression: These are gifts that we Americans offer the universal Church. But we all still have a lot to learn about freedom. 
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Saint Francis and the Word of God

As we begin, let me note something very specifically about Saint Francis’ love for Scripture. It is a statistical fact that in about one hundred pages of printed text, Francis quotes or at least alludes to Scripture some six hundred times—six hundred times in about one hundred pages of printed text. This surely shows to us that Saint Francis had an appreciation of Scripture, and that it always affected the way he approached his life and all of reality.
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