Take time in Lent for holy reading

Reading spiritual books is a long tradition among Catholics, especially during Lent. We recommend these short and easy-to-read books for your Lenten reflection and prayer. Each of them is even better when you share it with friends, family, or a faith-sharing group. Holy Women of the Gospel
 These two books bring forward the stories of the women Jesus knew. ReadContinue reading “Take time in Lent for holy reading”

Living Like Francis Today

Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace. Living Like Francis Today puts you in touch with the God of love and mercy Pope Francis wants us to know. Each of the six short chapters begin and end with a simple prayer from scripture or from the writing of St. Francis. Short reflections invite you to apply theContinue reading “Living Like Francis Today”

“Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words.”

The feast day for St. Francis is October 4th. Francis lived a life of peace, joy, and simplicity. He loved and served the poor and throwaway people. He has made his way down the centuries into our hearts. Explore Francis’s practice of generosity, prayer, and more in Living Like Francis Today. Only $5.50. You canContinue reading ““Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words.””

A Lenten Practice: Living Like Francis

Living Like Francis Today invites both individuals and small groups to explore six Franciscan themes — 

living simply, 
humbly, prayerfully, lovingly, 
with care for creation, and at peace.

 This small 60-page book combines the teaching and prayers of St. Francis with gospel stories and reflection suggestions. A bargain at just $5.50. Click here for a sample chapter. Order online orContinue reading “A Lenten Practice: Living Like Francis”

Happy Feast of St. Francis!

We hope you enjoy this poem of Galway Kinnell, “Saint Francis and the Sow”. The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on its brow of the flowerContinue reading “Happy Feast of St. Francis!”

Prayer is an invitation

Who is being summoned in this Robert Francis poem? Summons Keep me going to sleep too soon Or if I go to sleep too soon Come wake me up. Come any hour Of night. Come whistling up the road. Stomp on the porch. Pound on the door. Make me get out of bed and come And let youContinue reading “Prayer is an invitation”

Poem of the Week

The Stems of Flowers are the Pillars of the World by Ellen Murphy, CSJ Tempered by weather welded by sun rays and metallic rain the stems of flowers rise, poised, erect as pillars they hold the world up. Light-power, stronger than stone or steel channels through leaf-scrolls along each live green column direct to itsContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

  St. Francis of Assisi is loved by Catholic and non-Catholics. Environmentalists claim him as their patron saint. Jorge Bergoglio added Francis to the list of papal names. Poet Galway Kinnell, a son of Ireland, finds Francis blessing a sow in the hog pen. Enjoy Kinnell’s poem. Find what makes Francis tick, and can inspireContinue reading “Poem of the Week”