The Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

Today is the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (d. 1621), the important Jesuit bishop and theologian. Or is it? With all respect to my Jesuit brothers and the universal church, for whom today is the memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, the worldwide Franciscan family celebrates the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis each September […]

The Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

A blessed Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis to everyone! This is typically an overlooked celebration reserved for the members of the Franciscan family, but the greatest “take-away” is really relevant for all Christians; namely, that it is our internal conformity to Christ that results in external conformity. St. Francis didn’t seek to bear […]

Francis of Argentina: A Jesuit Pope with a Franciscan Heart

“HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM,” is the text that the Vatican website greets visitors with this evening. This has been an eventful several weeks indeed, with a whole new slew of “news” for the church unveiled today: First Pope from the Americas, First Jesuit Pope, First Pope “Francis.” I am personally moved by the decision to set the […]

‘Franciscan’ Before Francis of Assisi

In a way that I found pleasantly surprising, Basil of Caesarea’s Sermon IX on creation bears an eerie resemblance to some of the writings of Francis of Assisi on the same subject. What’s particularly interesting is placing Basil’s text alongside some of his contemporaries (such as Gregory of Nyssa) only to discover that Basil’s particular insights […]