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Prayer Is All about Relationship

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 31, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Genuine prayer, or contemplation, is all about relationship. It is the kind of prayer in which...

Call Forth the Good News in Others

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 17, 2019 5:00:00 AM

In their dramatization of the Gospel, the brothers rewrote the script of life that included: the...

Like Mary, We Bring Christ to the World

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Francis recognized that there are two moments in our life with God. There is the moment when we...

What God Does Through Us

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 9, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Contemplation is not what I do, or what I do to God. It is what God does to me through an...

An Invitation to Be Transformed

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Clare would hear in her contemplation of the cross the invitation to be transformed. And so she...

Clare's Gift of Contemplation

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Perhaps Clare’s greatest gift to the Franciscan story and to the church is a new, refreshing way...

Is Your Prayer Lopsided?

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 4, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Contemplation requires a radical shift in thinking: Deep contemplative prayer is not so much...

Finding Our Heart and Center

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Today the original Porziuncola Chapel rests in the center of a much larger structure, the...

‘I want to send everyone to Paradise’

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 2, 2019 5:00:00 AM

It was at the Porziuncola, St. Mary of the Angels, that the Franciscan story unfolded. Together...

The Gospel Is Everything

by Roch Niemier, OFM on Aug 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Gospel, the Word of God, became the core of existence for Francis. The Gospel directed his...