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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Four: Finding Our Path

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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Three: Power of Community

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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Two: Strength in Suffering

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Novena to Saint Clare | Day One: Outside Our Comfort Zone

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Ask a Franciscan: Grieving Family Members

Q. For six years, I was the sole caregiver of my mom and my aunt. They died eight weeks apart. I miss them so much; they were my best friends, and we did everything together. I still grieve their deaths, especially during the holidays. I cry often, but I offer all my loneliness, sadness, and Masses for the holy souls in purgatory. When will my pain and loneliness ease? I am very active in my local parish.
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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—as they should be! God lovingly touches all of the stages of life through the seven sacraments. They are, in fact, drawn from the love that Jesus had for all of us by becoming human. Each is designed to draw us closer to God. Here are a few recent questions regarding sacraments.
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Biking Down Davidson through Waves

Anyone who knows me also know how much I love to bike around the city. I fell in love with city living several years ago and have not looked back. I love hopping on my bike and going to my favorite coffeeshop or brewery to write and to work. I love exploring the different trails and streets and discovering the most efficient routes. I love not using my car.
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Dating God

My feet are planted quite firmly in two worlds. One foot stands in a globalized, technological, and fast-paced world. Born in the early 1980s, I am rather expectantly a child of my generation and comfortable in a digital world. The other foot, clad in the iconic sandal, rests in the displaced dirt that marks the footprint of Francis of Assisi.
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Live the Gospel: A Message from Saint Francis

  “As we forgive those who trespass against us,” and what we do not fully forgive, O Lord, make us fully forgive, so that for your sake, we may truly love our enemies and devoutly intercede for them with you, thereby rendering no evil for evil, but striving in you to do good to all. —Saint Francis, Paraphrase of the Our Father
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Adopting a Contemplative Mantra

“God has no rivals, and therefore as a child of God, neither do I,” the monk taught. I was on retreat attending a class at Saint Meinrad Archabbey—a Benedictine monastery in southern Indiana—taught by Father Adrian Burke, OSB. “I have no rivals,” he repeated.
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