Franciscan Joy: What’s on your bucket list?

Franciscan Joy: What’s on your bucket list?

On Memorial Day, 17 friars will be honored in Cincinnati at a celebration of their anniversaries in religious life. We asked our Jubilarians if they have a personal goal they would like to attain – or something they’d like to accomplish, big or small. Here’s how they responded.

The journey to contemplation

The journey to contemplation

When I was in elementary school, I recall Sister Mary Dorothy explaining to us three “types” of prayer. She described discursive prayer as a prayer using words where we talk to God, meditation as a type of prayer where we think about God, and finally contemplation, a type of prayer that does not use words or thoughts but a prayer where we are simply with God.

Renewal among the ashes

Renewal among the ashes

I believe that our Revitalization begins by touching the Risen Christ in our midst. He probably looks so ordinary – like a Stranger, a Gardener, a Cook. And yet, when He speaks, our hearts are on fire.

Franciscan Joy: Hope is the gift of Easter

Franciscan Joy: Hope is the gift of Easter

A future full of hope is a special gift to those with Easter faith. Peter says it well in his first letter: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” It is Easter that really explains why we are people with a living, vibrant hope!