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Journey's End

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Saint Francis spent almost half of his life on and in the mountains, and the other half he spent...

Where Earth and Heaven Meet

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 23, 2020 5:00:00 AM

So preoccupied had I been with Assisi that I couldn’t see beyond it to the goal of everything,...

The Spirit of God Sends Us Forth

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

All these gates led me finally to return to the entrance of another “cave” where Saint Francis...

Passing from Darkness to Light

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

It was through the Moiano Gate that Clare passed from Assisi and its mercantile values to that...

Live Outside the Walls

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The two grand basilicas at each end of Assisi, during the lifetimes of Francis and Clare, lay...

Going Beyond History

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 18, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Much of the history of medieval towns like Assisi and Gubbio remains impenetrable because of the...

We Need God—and One Another

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 17, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Francis’ giving up of material things was only a sign of that deeper self-emptying. But it is...

The Enemy Within

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Always, it seems, there is the “enemy” beyond the walls, which may be of our own making, who...

Prayer from within the Heart

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 15, 2020 5:00:00 AM

I wondered why Francis did not pray on the mountaintop contemplating this awesome panoply below,...

Assisi Is a Living Prayer

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jul 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Assisi is a living prayer. Its narrow streets stream with pilgrims year after year, their hearts...