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The Spiritual Benefits of Journaling

The world is in an uncertain place. With many of us in some form of quarantine, we have been given a measure of time to nurture our spirits. Journaling is one way to do that. Psychologists believe that journaling can reduce depression, improve cognitive function, and bring a measure of calm into our lives. But can journaling aid in our spiritual well-being?
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Kolbe House: Bringing Mercy to Inmates

Seventeen-year-old Jaime Chavez swaggers into the agency living room like he owns it. Wearing a bulky jacket and a loose-fitting shirt, he moves with a confidence indicative of a modern teenager. With a wide smile and a shiny earring, Jaime’s trendy exterior is belied by his reserved, humble voice. He is, in many ways, the typical American teenager. 
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Prayer Mends the Soul

Each person prays in a very individual way. For that reason alone, it’s nearly impossible to cover all that prayer is or does in one blog! 
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Ask a Franciscan: ‘I am Consumed with Guilt and Sorrow’

Q. I am feeling very guilty. I was driving my car and accidentally hit a man with my side mirror. I never saw him, and I don’t know if he stepped in front of me or not. The only reason I know he was hit was my side mirror flipped in, and I heard the snap. I immediately pulled over and asked the man if he was OK. 
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The Legacy of Saint Clare

Francis’ recognition and honoring of the feminine, that was such an important part of his life and teaching, took concrete and personal shape in the person of Clare. She has usually been overshadowed by her partner, Francis, in the public imagination; in her writings, she seems to see herself that way very humbly, as we see in this wonderful opening quote.
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A Call for Holy Simplicity

On many occasions, the late Pope John Paul II reminded the church of the universal call to holiness. “Everyone in the Church,” he wrote, “precisely because they are members, receive and thereby share in the common vocation to holiness.”
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Helping the Marginalized during COVID-19

COVID-19 has doubtless upended our lives. For Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, this pandemic has robbed him of his closeness to other people. Fellowship over Zoom isn't the same. But Father Hennings has not lost hope. Enjoy this brief video testimony.
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Saint Francis and His Dreams

Saint Francis of Assisi had many different dreams in his lifetime. Some of his dreams were fulfilled while others were dashed. As a youth he often dreamed of becoming a knight and finding glory on the battlefield.
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Embracing Our Imperfections

Last year, I got a sweater from my wife as a birthday gift. It’s a simple grey sweater made of a linen blend, and I immediately fell in love with it. When it got cold, it became my go-to sweater to ride out the bitter Chicago winter.
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COVID-19 Can Lead Us to a Better World

My good friend and former pastor Father Tom Lynch would often say, “Life turns on a dime.” He was generally saying this in reference to Matthew 24:42: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” 
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