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Daring to Make Peace

by Murray Bodo, OFM on May 6, 2019 5:00:00 AM

In 1219, in the midst of the Fifth Crusade, Francis went to Damietta to preach the Gospel of...

Saint Francis and His Band of Brothers

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Apr 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Francis was aware that they were a strange, perhaps frightening sight—twelve unkempt beggars...

Following the Ways of Jesus

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Mar 27, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Following the ways of Jesus: That was how Saint Francis and his brothers were to live their...

Sharing the Light of Christ

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Mar 14, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Francis and and his brothers could have been killed spreading the Gospel. In bringing near the...

Heaven and Earth

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Mar 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM

When Saint Francis met the leper, it was Jesus he’d met, and the Lord was saying, “I was hungry...

Where Love Can Lead

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 26, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Slavish imitation is not what holiness is about, but rather it’s about learning to love God in...

Seeking Perfect Joy

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 24, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The spirituality of St. Francis is not so much about the heroic deed as it is about the heroic...

Love Draws Us Back to God

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Love God and do as you will, says St. Augustine, for love is its own commandment. That is how...

Loving Lady Poverty

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 17, 2019 5:00:00 AM

A very early Franciscan document, Sacrum Commercium, The Sacred Exchange, begins with words...

What Do We Do With This Great Love?

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 14, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Francis's own song defined love for him. It was to live and be in God’s most holy will. And...