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Wisdom from Blessed Óscar Romero for a Troubling Time

In recent weeks I’ve found myself engrossed with the powerful writings of the Christian martyr and prophet Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. His writings are especially poignant in the face of fearful and troubling times, not the least of which because of his own personal journey of Christian conversion that led to his speaking […]

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God’s Image or ours? God’s Laws or Ours?

It is tempting to present our own views, or even those collective views held by an entire society, as those ordained by God. It can be difficult to discern the difference between what is God’s intention for human flourishing and what is our normative presumptions formed by human culture. This is the case in today’s […]

The San Damiano Cross is the large Romanesque rood cross that St. Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara) in Assisi.

US Franciscans Speak Out Against Immigration Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2017 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25.35) The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide ranging group of citizens across the United States. As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by […]

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Christians Must Stand with Refugees and Migrants

From a candidate who campaigned on wanting to make “America great again,” we’ve seen little in the first two weeks of his administration to suggest anything other than what many suspected in President Trump’s election slogan: a not-so-subtle nod to an era in which things were hardly ‘great’ for anyone other than a propertied, white, straight, male, […]