What is it about the Franciscan spirit that draws so many people in? Br. Casey Cole, OFM, says it's an unmistakable sense of family that makes it so appealing. Click here to watch the video!
What is a pilgrimage? It's certainly not a vacation, says Greg Friedman, OFM, who leads tours in Assisi, Italy, and the Holy Land. "When you go on pilgrimage," Fr. Greg says, "you are there to allow God to work in your life." Click here to watch the video!
A little-known fact about Saint Francis of Assisi is that he is considered one of the first Italian poets by literary critics. His “Canticle of the Creatures” combined his love for God with his mastery of poetry. Click here to watch the video!
Oftentimes we want direction from God: a clear, definitive answer to the questions in our hearts. But God doesn't always work that way. Sometimes God speaks to us through our work, through friends, or through family. Click here to watch the video!
How can we sum up the spirituality of Saint Francis? One way to start, Murray Bodo, OFM, says, is to consider Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures.” Click here to watch the video!
How are Saint Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis linked? Friar Casey Cole explains that Pope Francis shares Saint Francis' care for the poor, as well as emphasis on the environment. Click here to watch the video!
What does it mean to be a peacemaker? Do we stay detached from conflict and simply pray? It's not that simple. "Peace involves some kind of reconciliation," Murray Bodo, OFM, says. Click here to watch the video!
For Catholics, Mary is rightly put on a pedestal. But oftentimes we forget that, at her core, she was a mother who loved her son. “She's going to care for you when you need it most,” Friar Roger Lopez says. Click here to watch the video!
School is starting back up for many students around the country—and that means bullying will be back in full swing. Friar Roger Lopez, a religion teacher at a Franciscan high school, has a response to those who harm others: "There's no place for bullyingthe kingdom of God." Click here to watch the video!
“As we stand before the Lord,” Friar Frank Jasper says, “it doesn't matter what the color of our skin is or if we're rich or poor.” All that matters is what's in our hearts. What's most important is our own unique individuality. Click here to watch the video!
Oftentimes we have a false hope when it comes to life—that everything is going to work out perfectly for us. But that's unrealistic, Brother Casey Cole, OFM, says. Life isn't easy. It will almost constantly throw challenges our way. The key is to clear our minds and hearts of expectations and allow God to lead us. Click here to watch the video!
The Church in the United States is still reeling in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury's report documenting that 301 priests and religious in six dioceses abused over 1,000 minors. Many of us are angry and confused. How do we heal from this? Click here to watch the video!
Today we are immersed in a consumer-driven society. More always seems to be better. But Francis of Assisi believed differently. He knew that if we can rid ourselves of material burdens, we can be truly free. Click here to watch the video!
With the #MeToo movement gaining international attention in the last year, there is now a spotlight on how men and women treat each other. But hope remains, Frank Jasper, OFM, says, because we are all children of God. Click here to watch the video!
“God is love,” John Quigley, OFM, says. “And God wanted a physical way to be God.” Enter Mary. God chose this young woman from Nazareth to be the mother of his son. And through her holiness and trust in God, Mary ushered Jesus into the universe. Click here to watch the video!
“My history with Oscar Romero is a blessed one,” Octavio Duran, OFM, says. This friar got to know the archbishop personally and became his trusted friend and photographer. What does he remember about the archbishop? He was timid—not comfortable in social situations. But when Romero was in the pulpit, he was a prophet. Click here to watch the video!
“Faith played a big role in Monsignor Oscar Romero's life,” Octavio Duran, OFM, says of his friend, who will be canonized on Sunday. “Romero was a gift—a gift to us Salvadorians. But he's also a gift to the world.” Click here to watch the video!
As Christians, we go into prayer with the best of intentions, but we often get distracted or impatient. We complicate what should be a simple moment of grace with God. Fr. Gary Caster has been there, too, and he offers some important tips for slowing down and allowing God to find us. Click here to watch the video!
In our faith journeys, sometimes, like the moon, we reflect the love of Christ. Other times, we feel mired in darkness. But God's love is unconditional and eternal, as Colleen C. Mitchell explains. Click here to watch the video!
Who doesn't love the saints? Who among us hasn't reached out to them in times of trouble? Fr. Gary Caster has long-admired the saints. In fact, his favorite is Thérèse of Lisieux. But Fr. Caster warns us not to look at them as switchboard operators conveying our messages to Christ. They are our friends—companions on our faith journeys. Click here to watch the video!
Fr. Gary Caster will be the first to admit that his life has been touched by countless moments of grace. One memory in particular stands out. He was charged with assisting Mother Teresa and her sisters with getting a building ready for those suffering from HIV and AIDS in Washington DC. And this encounter changed his life forever. Click here to watch the video!
In January we celebrate the sanctity and beauty of life, but Father Frank Jasper, OFM, says that it goes beyond the rights of the unborn. Respecting life also applies to health care, homelessness, immigration, and capital punishment. Friar Frank gives us some words of wisdom in this week's Franciscan Spirit video. Click here to watch the video!
In this day and age, it's very hard to be quiet. With our tablets, smartphones, and myriad other noisy distractions at our fingertips, sometimes it's virtually impossible to quiet our minds and our spirits. Click here to watch the video with Brother Casey Cole, OFM!
For Roger Lopez, OFM, his road to the Franciscans wasn't paved with struggle or strife—it was paved with food. After his meal with the friars was over, he noticed how the brothers immediately began working together to wash dishes, put away food, and clean the kitchen. In those simple acts, Friar Roger saw the makings of a family, a family he wanted to join. Click here to watch the video!
“Being a peacemaker,” Friar Murray Bodo says, “can be a thankless task.” But the role of the peacemaker is essential. Saint Francis of Assisi surely understood that. He embraced those who were categorized as “the enemy” and offered himself as a living bridge of peace. Click here to watch the video!