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Friar Daily Reflection

Love and Forgiveness

“So, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.” Love does not earn forgiveness, rather the experience of forgiveness leads to love.  Jesus teaches this message in today’s Gospel. Today’s Gospel has had a history of...

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To Be Compassionate like Mary

Today is Our Lady of Sorrows feast day. According to Tradition, Mary suffered seven sorrows in her life: 1) the prophecy of Simeon, 2) the flight into Egypt, 3) the loss of the child Jesus in the Temple, 4) the encounter with Jesus carrying the Cross, 5) the standing...

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Exaltation and Love

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  We are used to making the sign of the cross or seeing the cross displayed in our churches and homes.  The prominence of the cross may lead us to forget that the cross was a sign of shame and a crucified messiah...

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Love your Enemies

In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus’ most difficult and challenging teaching: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Jesus has already taught that God’s demand and will is summed up and focused in...

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What Mary Has to Teach Us

Recently the administration of our Franciscan Province has initiated a “virtual wake service” for our deceased friars, where we friars can offer a reflection on the deceased friar’s life. This is what I wrote for Br. Vianney Justin… I always found Vianney to be one of...

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Principles of Conduct

Our first reading is a letter from St. Paul to the community of believers in Colassae. It was a community begun by a compatriot of Paul’s; a man named Epaphras who visited Paul in prison to give him a report on the community. He reports to Paul that the community is...

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Is it lawful?

What is lawful?  This question is asked today in both our civil and religious society.  What does the law require and even demand?  We see this same debate between Jesus and the Pharisees in today’s Gospel.  The Pharisees were a Jewish lay reform movement.  Jews who...

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