The Heart of the Gospel is Relationship

The heart of Gospel life is relationship. Therefore, the centerpiece of Franciscan life is relationship. One reason that I believe the Franciscan tradition has lasted so long as a source of spiritual inspiration is the universal appeal it affords people. The gospel message of relationality, modeled after God’s own example through the Incarnation, is embodied in […]

The Chance to Bear Witness

As the end-of-the-liturgical-year apocalyptic scale ratchets up in the weekday lectionary, we recount more of Jesus’s cautionary tales and warnings regarding discipleship. Today’s Gospel passage from Luke 21:12-19 offers one such instance: Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they […]

Thomas Merton on Mercy and Compassion

That Pope Francis named Thomas Merton as one of four key American figures in his important address to the US Congress last September was perhaps more fortuitous than many people realized at the time. Those familiar with Merton’s extensive written corpus know that he wrote about diverse topics and engaged many different thinkers over the […]