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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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Psalm 25: GPS for the Soul

1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul, 2 my God, in you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. 5 Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are my savior, for you I wait all the day long.
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Honoring St. Anthony Messenger

Franciscan Media's flagship publication, St. Anthony Messenger, was honored this year with several prestigious awards from the Catholic Press Association. Below are the award winners.
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Mother Teresa on the Importance of Family

Love begins at home, Mother Teresa insisted when she was alive. Home and family are the twin tutors in love, compassion, patience, and service. The following words, which all center on the importance of family, are from Mother Teresa herself, taken from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations.
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A Morning Prayer

We begin with a simple idea. It goes like this: God speaks as softly as possible and as loudly as necessary.
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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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Faith and Family for July 7: Mission of the Seventy Two

Read LK 10:1-9 At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.  Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.  Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.'
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Eucharist: The Promise of Life

As Catholics, we consider the Eucharist to be one of the most significant and important doctrines of our faith. But it is much more than a doctrine, written in a theology book. Our relationship with the Eucharist is one of the central experiences of our lives. It’s not just another teaching we can learn about. It is indeed our divine food for our journey on Earth and something we cannot imagine being without. It’s personal: The Eucharist is Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine.
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Saint Francis and His Canticle

As a Franciscan friar for over 60 years, I am very familiar with the stories of Saint Francis of Assisi and animals. Many of you no doubt are familiar with the story of this brown-robed friar preaching to the birds. Or maybe that of his releasing Brother Rabbit from a trap, or letting Sister Raven serve as his "alarm clock" to awaken him for early morning prayers.
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The Energy of God and Nature

Until recently, my family and I lived in a solar-powered home, and the long, sunny days of June were a high point for us. Our solar water-heating system delivered a practically endless supply of free hot water. Our roof full of photovoltaic panels made two or three times the electricity we needed, which spun our electric meter backward and made us look forward to receiving our electric bill, since the utility company would owe us money.
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