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The Virtue of Humility from Francis of Assisi

Today’s reflection is an invitation to consider the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi as it appears in Admonition V: “Let no one be proud, but Boast in the Cross of the Lord,” in which Francis—like the book of Proverbs 6:6-9—chastises human beings for their lack of faith and commitment to the Creator when compared to […]

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 […]