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...

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...

A Grand Humility

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

In these “Praises of the Lord God Most High” are contained Francis’s experience of God. This is...

The Highest of All Loves

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Francis’s long journey into God was, at each step along the way, punctuated by learning again...

God Has Been There the Whole Time

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Feb 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Was there a defining moment when Francis realized that it was God he was trying to love? And was...

We Can't Find God by Running Away

by Murray Bodo, OFM on Jan 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The mystics teach us that one who tries to know and love God sooner or later becomes aware that...