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Fourteen Men Begin Journey to Become Friars

Fourteen Men Begin Journey to Become Friars

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A group of men from diverse cultural, educational and employment backgrounds was welcomed into the 2019-20 postulancy program last month by provincial ministers, vocation directors, and friars. The postulancy is the first step of Franciscan...

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Congress of Formators of North and South Slavic Conferences

Congress of Formators of North and South Slavic Conferences

From 1 to 7 September 2019 the Continental Congress of Formation was held for the two Conferences of Eastern Europe (North and South Slavic). It was the last in a series of six Congresses organized by the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies (Br. Cesare...

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JPIC Continental Meeting – Europe

JPIC Continental Meeting – Europe

Malta, 2nd-5th September 2019 – “Living Franciscan humanism in today’s European context: Go and repair my house” was the topic of the VII Continental Meeting of JPIC European Animators. In the retreat house “Porziuncola” in Malta, there was the meeting of 25 brothers...

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Emotional Issues – the Role of the Fraternity

Emotional Issues – the Role of the Fraternity

A reflection on the emotional maturity of candidates as well as that of the professed friars seems essential, remembering that when it comes to emotional balance, we can take nothing for granted, and nothing as being definitively acquired. It is, therefore, a question...

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Being Stewards of Creation

Being Stewards of Creation

Br. Roger Lopez explains, in this video, that stewardship of God’s creation requires wisely using our dominion over all creation as God does, so that everyone benefits from it. We now have in our society this language of care. How can we reduce our impact with the...

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Challenges for the OFS and YouFra

Challenges for the OFS and YouFra

For centuries the challenge for Christians has always been to find the courage to be living and effective witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus, in whatever ambit of ​​life they lived. Unfortunately, given that we are human beings and sinners, every day we are called to...

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Islam and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Muslim Perspective

Islam and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Muslim Perspective

An excerpt from “Islam and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Muslim Perspective” by Irfan A. Omar, Marquette University   Islam as a religion arose within the milieu where, among the Arabs, there were Christian and Jewish communities who professed monotheism not practiced...

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Obedience — Ministers and Guardians

Obedience — Ministers and Guardians

The prevalence (in regard to the vow of obedience) of individualistic values of personal autonomy (36%), associated with modernity, is freely recognised. There is, in fact, a clear awareness of the difficulties in living this vow today. It is no longer seen as...

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Introducing the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil

Introducing the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil

An excerpt from “Introducing the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil” by Br. Michael D. Calabria, OFM   Like many Muslim rulers of his day, the Sultan was a cultured and learned man. Muslim historian al-Maqrizi wrote that: “Al-Kamil much loved men of learning, preferring their...

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US Franciscan News

Fourteen Men Begin Journey to Become Friars

Fourteen Men Begin Journey to Become Friars

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A group of men from diverse cultural, educational and employment backgrounds was welcomed into the 2019-20 postulancy program last month by provincial ministers, vocation directors, and friars. The postulancy is the first step of Franciscan...

read more
Congress of Formators of North and South Slavic Conferences

Congress of Formators of North and South Slavic Conferences

From 1 to 7 September 2019 the Continental Congress of Formation was held for the two Conferences of Eastern Europe (North and South Slavic). It was the last in a series of six Congresses organized by the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies (Br. Cesare...

read more
JPIC Continental Meeting – Europe

JPIC Continental Meeting – Europe

Malta, 2nd-5th September 2019 – “Living Franciscan humanism in today’s European context: Go and repair my house” was the topic of the VII Continental Meeting of JPIC European Animators. In the retreat house “Porziuncola” in Malta, there was the meeting of 25 brothers...

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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

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Author and musician Jo Anne Taylor writes:

‘Over the past few weeks, we have already seen how Luke’s gospel is filled with examples of the many ways Jesus challenged the status quo. The theme of reversal threads its way throughout Luke’s story, and by now, it should come as no surprise that Jesus is going to flip things topsy-turvy whenever he opens his mouth…

‘The three parables [in this Sunday’s Gospel] all focus on the central theme of the lost getting found, and the joy that is shared in the finding.

‘… As I read these stories again and again, I am struck by the realization that, in order for the lost to be found, it had to belong to someone first. The lost sheep was not a wild sheep that the shepherd happened upon and added to his flock. That sheep had belonged to the shepherd from the beginning, and had strayed away. The coin that the woman lost had been part of her life savings. It belonged to her. When she found it, she rejoiced with her neighbors that something of her very own had been restored to her. When Jesus told these stories, he was describing things that had once been where they belonged, but had somehow gone missing.

‘As you ponder that thought, you might be thinking of things that have gone missing from your life over the years. Maybe you have lost touch with people who were once dear to you. Perhaps you have allowed a broken relationship to remain broken, and you have lost the sense of freedom that comes with forgiving and being forgiven.

‘Maybe you have lost the habit of reading God’s Word on a daily basis, or the diligent practice of prayer. Maybe you have lost faith in God, wondering how God could allow evil to persist in the world. Perhaps you’ve lost purpose, or joy, or the assurance that you belong to a loving God who cares for you. Whatever you’ve lost, Jesus tells these stories to you, just as surely as he told them to his disciples and the crowds around him as he traveled to Jerusalem.

‘… You don’t have to run away from God to be lost. Even if you do everything in your own power to be right, you can still be lost. To get found, you have to turn toward God, and away from everything else. Last week, Jesus challenged us to give up everything that matters to us most, in order to put him first and be his true disciple.’
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Author and musician Jo Anne Taylor writes:‘Over the past few weeks, we have already seen how Luke’s gospel is filled with examples of the many ways Jesus challenged the status quo. The theme of reversal threads its way throughout Luke’s story, and by now, it should come as no surprise that Jesus is going to flip things topsy-turvy whenever he opens his mouth…‘The three parables [in this Sunday’s Gospel] all focus on the central theme of the lost getting found, and the joy that is shared in the finding.‘… As I read these stories again and again, I am struck by the realization that, in order for the lost to be found, it had to belong to someone first. The lost sheep was not a wild sheep that the shepherd happened upon and added to his flock. That sheep had belonged to the shepherd from the beginning, and had strayed away. The coin that the woman lost had been part of her life savings. It belonged to her. When she found it, she rejoiced with her neighbors that something of her very own had been restored to her. When Jesus told these stories, he was describing things that had once been where they belonged, but had somehow gone missing.‘As you ponder that thought, you might be thinking of things that have gone missing from your life over the years. Maybe you have lost touch with people who were once dear to you. Perhaps you have allowed a broken relationship to remain broken, and you have lost the sense of freedom that comes with forgiving and being forgiven.‘Maybe you have lost the habit of reading God’s Word on a daily basis, or the diligent practice of prayer. Maybe you have lost faith in God, wondering how God could allow evil to persist in the world. Perhaps you’ve lost purpose, or joy, or the assurance that you belong to a loving God who cares for you. Whatever you’ve lost, Jesus tells these stories to you, just as surely as he told them to his disciples and the crowds around him as he traveled to Jerusalem.‘… You don’t have to run away from God to be lost. Even if you do everything in your own power to be right, you can still be lost. To get found, you have to turn toward God, and away from everything else. Last week, Jesus challenged us to give up everything that matters to us most, in order to put him first and be his true disciple.’

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross reminds us that the Son of God brought hope and healing through the cross. Every year in the #HolyLand, the friars celebrate by carrying a relic of the True Cross through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to chapel of Mary Magdalene, where this relic is displayed for the faithful to venerate.

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The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross reminds us that the Son of God brought hope and healing through the cross. Every year in the #HolyLand, the friars celebrate by carrying a relic of the True Cross through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to chapel of Mary Magdalene, where this relic is displayed for the faithful to venerate.What meaning does the cross hold for you? Comment below.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the MLB while staying committed to your faith? Hear more from MASN Orioles broadcaster, Jim Hunter, in Episode 8 of #FollowingFrancis. 🎧 apple.co/2XY1kpq ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us at 1PM for a special Marian Tour. Throughout the 45-minute tour, our focus will be on the seven joys of the Blessed mother while visiting replicas in the Church and the Gardens. Did we mention its free and open to the public? Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Z5Kie8

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Cochrane Alberta. Holy Spirt Province Canada.

#DYK that Mount Nebo is the place where Moses contemplated the Promised Land, without being able to enter it? Book your Holy Land Pilgrimage today and visit this beautiful site firsthand: http://bit.ly/2Z9SohQ (📷: dikkatgezginvar on Instagram) ... See MoreSee Less

#DYK that Mount Nebo is the place where Moses contemplated the Promised Land, without being able to enter it? Book your Holy Land Pilgrimage today and visit this beautiful site firsthand: http://bit.ly/2Z9SohQ (📷: dikkatgezginvar on Instagram)

Author and musician Jo Anne Taylor writes:

‘Over the past few weeks, we have already seen how Luke’s gospel is filled with examples of the many ways Jesus challenged the status quo. The theme of reversal threads its way throughout Luke’s story, and by now, it should come as no surprise that Jesus is going to flip things topsy-turvy whenever he opens his mouth…

‘The three parables [in this Sunday’s Gospel] all focus on the central theme of the lost getting found, and the joy that is shared in the finding.

‘… As I read these stories again and again, I am struck by the realization that, in order for the lost to be found, it had to belong to someone first. The lost sheep was not a wild sheep that the shepherd happened upon and added to his flock. That sheep had belonged to the shepherd from the beginning, and had strayed away. The coin that the woman lost had been part of her life savings. It belonged to her. When she found it, she rejoiced with her neighbors that something of her very own had been restored to her. When Jesus told these stories, he was describing things that had once been where they belonged, but had somehow gone missing.

‘As you ponder that thought, you might be thinking of things that have gone missing from your life over the years. Maybe you have lost touch with people who were once dear to you. Perhaps you have allowed a broken relationship to remain broken, and you have lost the sense of freedom that comes with forgiving and being forgiven.

‘Maybe you have lost the habit of reading God’s Word on a daily basis, or the diligent practice of prayer. Maybe you have lost faith in God, wondering how God could allow evil to persist in the world. Perhaps you’ve lost purpose, or joy, or the assurance that you belong to a loving God who cares for you. Whatever you’ve lost, Jesus tells these stories to you, just as surely as he told them to his disciples and the crowds around him as he traveled to Jerusalem.

‘… You don’t have to run away from God to be lost. Even if you do everything in your own power to be right, you can still be lost. To get found, you have to turn toward God, and away from everything else. Last week, Jesus challenged us to give up everything that matters to us most, in order to put him first and be his true disciple.’
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Author and musician Jo Anne Taylor writes:‘Over the past few weeks, we have already seen how Luke’s gospel is filled with examples of the many ways Jesus challenged the status quo. The theme of reversal threads its way throughout Luke’s story, and by now, it should come as no surprise that Jesus is going to flip things topsy-turvy whenever he opens his mouth…‘The three parables [in this Sunday’s Gospel] all focus on the central theme of the lost getting found, and the joy that is shared in the finding.‘… As I read these stories again and again, I am struck by the realization that, in order for the lost to be found, it had to belong to someone first. The lost sheep was not a wild sheep that the shepherd happened upon and added to his flock. That sheep had belonged to the shepherd from the beginning, and had strayed away. The coin that the woman lost had been part of her life savings. It belonged to her. When she found it, she rejoiced with her neighbors that something of her very own had been restored to her. When Jesus told these stories, he was describing things that had once been where they belonged, but had somehow gone missing.‘As you ponder that thought, you might be thinking of things that have gone missing from your life over the years. Maybe you have lost touch with people who were once dear to you. Perhaps you have allowed a broken relationship to remain broken, and you have lost the sense of freedom that comes with forgiving and being forgiven.‘Maybe you have lost the habit of reading God’s Word on a daily basis, or the diligent practice of prayer. Maybe you have lost faith in God, wondering how God could allow evil to persist in the world. Perhaps you’ve lost purpose, or joy, or the assurance that you belong to a loving God who cares for you. Whatever you’ve lost, Jesus tells these stories to you, just as surely as he told them to his disciples and the crowds around him as he traveled to Jerusalem.‘… You don’t have to run away from God to be lost. Even if you do everything in your own power to be right, you can still be lost. To get found, you have to turn toward God, and away from everything else. Last week, Jesus challenged us to give up everything that matters to us most, in order to put him first and be his true disciple.’

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross reminds us that the Son of God brought hope and healing through the cross. Every year in the #HolyLand, the friars celebrate by carrying a relic of the True Cross through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to chapel of Mary Magdalene, where this relic is displayed for the faithful to venerate.

What meaning does the cross hold for you? Comment below.
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The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross reminds us that the Son of God brought hope and healing through the cross. Every year in the #HolyLand, the friars celebrate by carrying a relic of the True Cross through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to chapel of Mary Magdalene, where this relic is displayed for the faithful to venerate.What meaning does the cross hold for you? Comment below.
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