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Thea Bowman: Freedom Fighter

In this excerpt from 8 Freedom Heroes: Changing the World with Faith, author Brennan R. Hill describes the spirituality of Thea Bowman, a Franciscan sister who crusaded tirelessly for an end to prejudice, particularly within the Catholic Church. 
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What Is a Catholic Pilgrimage?

What is a pilgrimage? It's certainly not a vacation, says Greg Friedman, OFM, who leads tours in Assisi, Italy, and the Holy Land. "When you go on pilgrimage," Fr. Greg says, "you are there to allow God to work in your life."
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Embracing God's Wisdom

Exegesis of the 1st reading:  Wis 1:13–15; 2:23–24 The wisdom promoted in this book is not the conventional kind associated with intellectual pursuits. In this book wisdom is living in right relationship with God. In its very first line this book challenges readers to love “righteousness” and to think of the Lord. 
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Holy Quotes from Franciscan Saints

In my book, The Franciscan Saints, I selected more than a hundred Franciscans—many, but not all, drawn from the long list of official Franciscan saints.  Beginning with the founders, Francis and Clare and their first generation of followers, they include friars, women religious, and the diverse family of tertiary or Third Order Franciscans, a company comprised of laypeople, clergy, and even popes.
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The Lord Is My Shepherd: A Look at Psalm 23

For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. My prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble lamb, to trust the good shepherd, who watches over us with total love. May this popular psalm become for us a prayer of simple trust!
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7 Award-Winning Catholic Books

Franciscan Media's books were honored at the 2018 Catholic Press Association Awards this month! The awards honor the best in Catholic publishing from magazines, newspapers, websites, books, and more. In all, seven books from Franciscan Media and Servant Books received CPA Awards this year—learn more about them!
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Francis and Junipero: Two Saints, One Vision

The first journey of Padre Junípero Serra when he arrived in the New World was to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near Mexico City. There he offered the success of his missionary efforts to her intercession, for Mary, as Serra knew, is the Church’s inspiring model for the work of missionary discipleship. When she appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe, she was dressed like his people, spoke his language, and had the face of a mestiza, a woman of mixed race. 
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What Is a True Peacemaker?

What does it mean to be a peacemaker? Do we stay detached from conflict and simply pray? It's not that simple. "Peace involves some kind of reconciliation," Murray Bodo, OFM, says. The Franciscan thing to do is to position ourselves between conflict and be living bridges of peace. Enjoy this week's Friar Friday video about building peace in our cities, our country, and our world.
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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Exegesis of the Gospel: Lk 1:57-66, 80 With regard to the solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist and the Gospel passage that focuses directly on that event: The birth itself is stated without any details. More time is spent describing the circumcision and naming of this newborn child. And finally the response of the neighbors is given. They are not sure what to make of this child or what he was destined to become.
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Saint Francis And the Taming of the Wolf

The story of how Saint Francis of Assisi tamed the Wolf of Gubbio is one of the great legends linked with the life of the saint. I have never been too worried as to whether the story was historically true or not. I am more interested in seeing how the story fits into the pattern of biblical themes and of God’s plans for creation. In this well-known legend, Saint Francis goes to the Italian town of Gubbio, where a fierce wolf had been terrorizing the village and even killing some of the people, including children.
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