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Finding Saints Francis and Clare

The Swiss Air flight from Zurich to Rome is the last stretch on a journey that’s proven one thing: I am simply not built for long flights. I’m taller than average: long on legs, short on tolerance for tight spaces. Sleep is impossible and sitting still for hours is a chore. It’s my mind, though, that is my true adversary: Every time I’m in the air, Don McLean’s “American Pie” plays in my head like a cerebral iPod with a grudge. But all fears and discomfort vanish as our airplane descends over a spectacular Italian wheat field ablaze with a gold I have never seen. I know I’m not in Cincinnati anymore.
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Through the Door of the Dead with Clare of Assisi

In addition to spiritual resources, Franciscan Media publishes inspirational Christian fiction. Below is an excerpt from The Mystery at Midnight, a novel for children ages 7-10 by Lisa M. Hendey. In this tale, a modern-day girl named Katie travels through time to meet Clare of Assisi just as she decides to leave her family and commit her life to Christ. 
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Two Saints: Francis and Anthony

Known to later history as Anthony of Padua, Fernando Martins was born in the early 1190s in Lisbon, a city on the frontiers between Christian and Muslim cultures. His father probably belonged to a family of knights from northern Europe who had come to fight in the Reconquista–the crusade to reclaim the Iberian peninsula from Muslim rule–and had been rewarded with property when Lisbon was “liberated” in 1147.
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