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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Oftentimes we have a false hope when it comes to life—that everything is going to work out perfectly for us. But that's unrealistic, Brother Casey Cole, OFM, says. Life isn't easy. It will almost constantly throw challenges our way. The key is to clear our minds and hearts of expectations and allow God to lead us.
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Dear Pope Francis: Fix the Clergy Sex-Abuse Crisis Now

Dear Pope Francis, I write about how the Catholic Church responds to clerical sexual abuse and the bishops or superiors who have enabled it. 
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Ask a Franciscan: Sacraments 101

I receive many questions from curious, confused, or concerned Catholics about everything from the Mass to divorce to the saints. Sacraments are also of interest to people. Here are a few recent ones.
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Making Sense of Suffering

Suffering does not make sense to this modern world. Not even the most scientifically astute minds or advanced mathematical theorems can explain the purpose of suffering. Science cannot give us an answer, so technology attempts to give us hundreds of ways to avoid it.
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The Easiest Prayer Ever

Plenty of people think they don’t pray well. Or that they somehow pray wrong. Or that everyone else has an easier time praying. With this in mind, let me introduce you to a kind of prayer that anyone can do. Whether you’ve been on dozens of retreats or are just beginning to incorporate prayer into your day, the examination of conscience can be a wonderful—and easy—support for your spiritual life.
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The Holy Words of Saint Anthony

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry.   He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the benefit of his brothers. I'd like to share with you some passages of St. Anthony’s sermons.
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Notes from a Friar: Encountering a Stranger

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it. Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld stopped in recently. They’ve moved so many times that they switch up the biblical phrase, “pilgrims and strangers” and describe themselves as “strange pilgrims”. Anytime a person changes residences, it does feel strange. As our Howell Street Friary moves to join Pleasant Street Friary, I’m returning to a neighborhood I knew long ago that is now quite different.
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Who Are We Before God?

“As we stand before the Lord,” Friar Frank Jasper says, “it doesn't matter what the color of our skin is or if we're rich or poor.” All that matters is what's in our hearts. What's most important is our own unique individuality.  
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Homily Helps: The Reality of the Eucharist

Exegesis of the Gospel: John 6: 51-58   Today's Gospel pr esents us with the conclusion of the  bread of life discourse. Each segment of this discourse has  moved closer to a full exposur e of the Johannine theology  of the Eucharist. 
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A Reflection on Planet Earth

In an era when people form and reinforce their opinions entirely within a chosen bubble of like minds, any earnest quest for truth seems almost quaint. How did truth become so passé?
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