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Provincial Leaders of the Franciscan Friars wrote the attached “Franciscan Plea for the Soul of America,” to continue their eight-hundred-year tradition of proclaiming the Gospel. They asked that we reflect upon it and share it widely as a means of marking the Feast of St. Francis this year. ...
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.The word Hajj means “to intend a journey” which speaks not only to the pilgrim’s journey but also to the Pilgrim’s intention and will.The Hajj re-enacts the farewell pilgrimage of the Prophet Muhammad. Pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy....
For a native-born citizen, patriotism is a natural response. It is reinforced from childhood by the daily recitation in school of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is celebrated with parades, fireworks, music, bunting, and flags. There is much beauty and variety in this land we call home. There are mountains,...
Happy New Year! We welcome the New Year with prayers for peace. Perhaps a good resolution for 2018 would be a commitment to working for peace. Pope Francis delivers his annual message for the World Day of Peace, January 1st. His theme for 2018 is “migrants and refugees: men and...
Saint Martin’s feast is celebrated on November 3rd. St. Martin De Porres, OP, a mulatto abandoned with his mother and younger sister by his Spanish father in 16th century Peru, grew up poor and marginalized.  He gave himself as a volunteer [donado] to the Dominican community in Lima and was...
On Sunday, October 29, 2017, we commemorate and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation created a schism in the Catholic Church; Martin Luther is credited with initiating it with the posting of his ninety-five theses in 1517. Luther wanted reform and criticized real abuses in the Church...
September 17th marks the anniversary of the death of Hildegard of Bingen, named a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012. We celebrate the anniversary of her death by sharing this poetic vision of her faith....