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Breathing in the Spirit

If our physical and emotional reactions help anchor us, help us understand what we’re physically capable of, and give us the ability to express our emotions and move through the full cycle of a crisis, then the Spirit within each of us is the fuel and the fire that enables us to face that emotional pain.
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The Annunciation in the Time of COVID-19

In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, as in all diseases, we wait. We sit or stand or lie down and wait. We wait when there’s nothing more that we can do. We wait impatiently or with panic or anger. We wait and fidget and walk or run.
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How Jesus' Disciples Handled Fear

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that's taken over our newsfeeds and our peace of mind, something even more discouraging has developed in its wake: fear. Father Roger Lopez, OFM, thinks of the disciples after the resurrection. They're isolated and afraid. But Jesus visits them in that room and says four words the disciples need to hear, "Peace be with you."
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Notes from a Friar: Love Your Enemies

“Love your enemies” (Mt 5:44). That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends; that’s hard enough.”
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Saint Francis, Peacemaker

“Being a peacemaker,” Friar Murray Bodo says, “can be a thankless task.” But the role of the peacemaker is essential. Saint Francis of Assisi surely understood that. He embraced those who were categorized as “the enemy” and offered himself as a living bridge of peace. 
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Saint Francis of Assisi: Peacemaker

Being a peacemaker can be thankless—even dangerous. That’s why people still admire Saint Francis of Assisi and his legacy. He embraced “the other.” In their faces, he saw the face of Christ. How can we model that kind of behavior? Murray Bodo, OFM, gives us an answer in this week’s video. 
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Friar Pat on the Peace of Christmas

Why is peace so important during Advent and Christmas? How can we spread peace in our homes and in our communities? The best way, Pat McCloskey, OFM, says in this video, is to honestly and humbly live out who we are before God. Enjoy this short meditation. 
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Daily Advent Messages of Peace

As Advent approaches, the staff at Franciscan Media has been thinking about the peace and joy we all hope the season will bring. We invite you to join us in spreading peace this holiday season.
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Where Was God? A Franciscan Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the deadly attack in Las Vegas, a wide range of questions have emerged, such as: Where was God during this tragedy? How could God let this happen? And how do we find peace? Franciscan Father Pat McCloskey takes on those tough questions.
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Saint Francis: An Instrument of Peace

One of my all-time favorite songs is John Michael Talbot’s version of Saint Francis’ peace prayer. Years ago, with pounding hearts, my wife and I sang it as a duet at our wedding Mass, to express some of the core values on which we want to build our marriage.
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