#FriarFriday – Do you want to be happy? 

#FriarFriday – Do you want to be happy? 

Do you want to be happy? I would be willing to bet that most, if not, all of us would say a resounding yes to that question. Of course, we want to be happy. We all, I’m sure, work very hard to find happiness. We try to be at peace within our families and with others....
#FriarFriday – A Franciscan on Vacation

#FriarFriday – A Franciscan on Vacation

I went on a wonderful, beautiful vacation this summer. Why, then, was I so uncomfortable? It has been two years now since my mother died. This summer, my dad invited the whole family on an Alaskan cruise. My four brothers, their wives, and all ten grandchildren were...
#FriarFriday – Going Fishing!

#FriarFriday – Going Fishing!

The Summer Solstice is past, school is out and graduation parties are subsiding. Summer is officially here! Time for vacations, cookouts, travel, and some kind of break in the normal routine. Even if our personal lives have long been disconnected from the pattern of...
#FriarFriday – The Year of Three Chapters

#FriarFriday – The Year of Three Chapters

In his Rule of Life, approved by the pope in 1223, St. Francis of Assisi instructs those who are “ministers and custodians” of the friars “to assemble in whatever place the general minister may have designated. Let them do this once in every three years, or at other...
#FriarFriday – Reconsidering the Habit

#FriarFriday – Reconsidering the Habit

The distinctive external symbol of Franciscans friars is the iconic brown habit – the tunic, hood and white cord with three knots. When someone sees someone in the habit, they know immediately that that person is a Franciscan friar. After the Second Vatican Council,...

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