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Faith and Family for June 2: May All Be One

Read JN 17:20-26 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
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St. Anthony: Help Us Find Healing!

Many of us have wanted to believe that the Catholic Church had finally turned a corner in dealing with the crime of clerical sexual abuse.
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The Contemplative Franciscan Leader

Francis and Clare of Assisi’s quest for the living God included a life dedicated to contemplative practice. Their deepest desire, in fact, was to emulate Jesus Christ.
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A Rose by Any Other Name

If you've ever donated to Franciscan Media, chances are you received a beautiful, handwritten thank-you note from our own Sister Rose Lima, OSF. She's such a blessing—and an important part of our mission to spread the Gospel in the spirit of Saint Francis. In this week's Franciscan Spirit Video, Sister Rose shares with us how she embraced her religious name.
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The Loneliness of Mary

Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, has from the earliest Christian tradition been given a preeminence of place and status in our faith, far beyond any other person in history. She gave God’s son flesh and blood, and no one was closer to the Savior. In preparation for that unique role, God preserved her from original sin and from all personal sin.
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Faith and Family for May 26: Peace I Leave with You

Read JN 14:23-29 Jesus said to his disciples: "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
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Clare of Assisi: A Servant Leader Ahead of Her Time

Saint Clare of Assisi is possibly best known for her holy demeanor, her rejection of material wealth, and her life of voluntary poverty. While those are admirable qualities, she was also a formidable servant leader.
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Ave Maria: Calling upon Mother Mary

The Hail Mary has always been one of my favorite prayers and the one that I rely upon the most when I feel the need for assistance from the Mother of God. One of the first prayers I was taught, it reminds me of my grandmothers, May crownings and Marian songs.
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Gospel Lessons from Jean Vanier

It would have been hard to imagine a few years ago that I would even know who Jean Vanier was—to say nothing of mourning his passing.
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Faith and Family for May 19: Love One Another

Read JN 13:31-33A, 34-35 When Judas had left them, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once.
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