All the Humble Saints

While traveling in Italy, we visited a lot of churches, monasteries, and other places where the lives of the saints were celebrated. We got to see many relics of the saints, as well as view artwork and read stories about the lives of the saints including Peter, Francis, Catherine, Claire, Anthony, and many others. ThatContinue reading “All the Humble Saints”

Finding Saint Francis

As part of our vacation in Italy, Suzanna and I spent several days looking for Saint Francis. In his day, Francis was a revolutionary monk who shook up the Catholic church, pushing it to return to its roots, to divest of opulence and excess, live simply, and act more Christian, that is, like Jesus. Francis’Continue reading “Finding Saint Francis”

Celebrating Saint Francis

I am writing this on October 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who incidentally,  our amazing Pope and our care for creation ministry are named after. What an amazing example for us to all follow. Pope Francis, in fact, named his wonderful Laudato Si encyclical after the beginning of Saint Francis’s CanticleContinue reading “Celebrating Saint Francis”

Season of Creation Week 5

We are now in the final week of the Season of Creation, that time in the church calendar, where we focus on God’s creation and how we can work to care for it. During week 1, I asked you to consider your banking and investments and how your money is being used to work forContinue reading “Season of Creation Week 5”

The Blessing of the Animals at St John the Evangelist

It was a dry but chilly autumn day in the schoolyard this past Saturday, as about 25 pets and their owners walked, ran, or were carried to our first Blessing of the Animals at St John the Evangelist parish in many years. The event sponsored by the Saint Francis of Assisi ministry at St John’sContinue reading “The Blessing of the Animals at St John the Evangelist”

Feast of Saint Francis

Pope Francis begins his Laudato Si encyclical with the words of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. Saint Francis of Assisi is mentioned twelve times in Laudato Si and one couldContinue reading “Feast of Saint Francis”