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St Francis of Assisi

Small Steps Can: Getting Through Life's Toughest Moments

Karen Henson Jones | Posted 08.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Karen Henson Jones

During my time in Italy a few years ago, the story of a young wife and mother named Chiara Corbello Petrillo was making the news. Chiara had met her h...

Beware of the Religious Enthusiast

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

They exist in every religious tradition. I'm not talking about fundamentalists. I'm talking about people who believe they're called to turn the spirit and idealism of a religious founder or reformer into institutions.

50 Countries And Counting: A Naturalista's Adventures and Black "Herstory" Perspectives in Europe, Part II--Italy, Portugal and The Vatican

Patti R. Rose | Posted 02.25.2017 | Travel
Patti R. Rose

We're still in Black History month and my chosen cities in Europe continue. Why because as mentioned in a previous piece during this Black History month, wherever I go, it's Black "herstory" because I'm a sister!

Does It Matter If There Was Really a Star of Bethlehem?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.24.2016 | Religion
The Conversation US

This does not say that the events recounted in the nativity narratives are false. It does, however, require readers to recognize that these stories were crafted to show who Jesus was and what he lived for. In them, Jesus embodies what is truly worth aspiring to in life -- not the conventional trappings of success, but a transformative relationship with God.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Rome's Bethlehem Home Show

Rick Steves | Posted 12.21.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A wonderful tradition in Italy is churches and communities making creative manger scenes and putting them on display through the Christmas season.

Creating the Impossible

Michael Neill | Posted 12.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

Choose a target that you figure you have a less than 25 percent chance of reaching, and then go for it, playing full out and fearless without any real sense that you "should" be able to get there. Each time I've run the program over the past six years, people surprise themselves (and often me) by getting further faster than they did in pursuit of their more "reasonable" goals and dreams.

The Tenderness of Infinity: Looking at All Things Through the Eyes of St Francis

Patrick Beretta | Posted 10.06.2016 | Religion
Patrick Beretta

The character of a culture is largely defined by its treatment of the most helpless human beings and animals. It is defined by it absolutely leaving no room for exceptions.

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 10.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

According to the UN Environment Programme, we are in the midst of a massive extinction, with species rapidly dying out. Not since the loss of the dinosaurs have we had an extinction happening at this alarming rate.

The Pope Is Catholic. Get Over It!

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.01.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

News flash for progressives: Pope Francis is not one of you! He never has been. The same thing goes for conservatives. The man is just Catholic.

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs -- and Cats -- With Major Statement on Animal Welfare

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.

Is Pope Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Living In Our Midst?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2016 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Does history repeat itself? Has the life of St. Francis of Assisi returned and is now living with us as Pope Francis? St. Francis of Assisi was much at home in poor neighborhoods sharing the simple things like a piece of bread. Is Pope Francis any different?

A Particular Way of Caring

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

A Christian education doesn't usually teach us to walk gingerly, plant flowers, or think about the life of the tree that you are cutting for firewood -- or at least, not yet. Pope Francis is about to change that.

Laudato Si': Reflections on Francis and the Encyclical

Rod Torrez | Posted 06.20.2016 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

Pope Francis' encyclical can help answer hundreds of years of prayers. I hope it can be both catalyst and unifying factor to energize a mass movement towards real work on healing the wounds of industrial development, overconsumption and greed.

Pope Francis' Encyclical: Hearing the Cry of the Earth

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

As Pope Francis's message reminds us, we each need to be the person who "loves and protects creation," who remembers its sacred nature. We are all part of one living being we call the Earth and it desperately needs our love and attention.

Pope Francis Draws From St. Francis For His Encyclical's Title: Reports

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is taking a cue from his namesake -- St. Francis of Assisi -- for the title of his upcoming encyclical on the environment. The Pope's...

Queering the Way of the Cross: Meditations on a Queer Spiritual Journey

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As an intersex person who recently transitioned from the female gender assigned at birth to a masculine one, healthier for me physically and psychologically, I have struggled in my relationship with the religious tradition in which I was ordained and taught university-level theology for two decades.

The Egyptian Revolutionaries: What Went Wrong

Sara Khorshid | Posted 04.19.2015 | Home
Sara Khorshid

Four years after Mubarak's ouster, the question remains as to what went wrong. What path they should have taken, if any, to avoid ending up at the point where they (and Egypt) are now?

Animals and the Church?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Animals are everywhere in the Christian Bible and yet the erasure of the nonhuman from theological contemplation has been commonplace from the earliest days of the church.

LOOK: Blessed Pets For Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

Blessed are the animals! On October 4, 2014 Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assis and the "Blessing of the Animals" stemming from F...

Celebrating EidFrancisKippur!

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

It’s a match made in heaven! The world’s three Abrahamic faiths are bridging their great divide in a pretty wonderful way this Saturday. Yom...

WWFD - What Would Francis Do?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Eight hundred years ago a little man in Italy was saving the Church from its corruption, clericalism, irrelevance, and insincerity by waking people up to a renewed focus on the Gospel.

Daily Meditation: Instrument Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

As Pope Francis Follows St. Francis Lets Be Clear About Self Denial And Sacrifice

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

For many people, St. Francis was little more than a garden statue until Pope Francis. Suddenly, the medieval saint from the 12th century is being remembered for his love of nature, all creatures, and especially his humility and concern for everyone no matter what is their walk in life.

Pope Francis: The Bridge Between God and Therapy, Sin and Forgiveness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Pope Francis is standing on the bridge between religion and psychology. The worlds of religion and psychology both have their self righteousness and certainty in their position. Can he illuminate the truth in both?


Jack Meyer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Jack Meyer

the signs for Assisi are black and white and appear in an Old English Font. Before even stepping onto the platform, I was reminded that this was a special place, much like the signs at the entrances to churches reading Silence and Respect.