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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis and the Lama Beans

Mirabai Starr | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

I first met Ram Dass at the Lama Foundation in the mountains of Northern New Mexico when I was fourteen, and our paths have intertwined ever since.

Is Sport Hunting a Sin?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Our treatment of animals may in the future help shape relationships between peoples as much as with such creatures. Religion and culture may play role...

The Little (Gay) Prince Who Wanted to Commit Suicide

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

When I was 18 I asked my mother to put me away in a mental hospital. I told her to do this so that thoughts of homosexuality and suicide would not cross my mind. This had to be done, for I was in unbearable pain. But my mother did not do what I had asked.

A National Shrine For Your Pet's Ashes?

Robin Wilkey | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion

How much do you love you dog? Enough to take him for walks every day? Enough to buy the expensive, grain-free food? Enough to someday house his ashes ...

Saint Francis Of Assisi And Islam: How The New Pope Could Bring Muslims And Christians Together

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Saint Francis and Sultan al Malik found something special from God in each other that changed their worlds for the better. In their memory, I wish Pope Francis all the best, and all the blessings God can give him in his life and his service.

The Souls Of Our Dogs: A Valentine's Day Tribute To Our Best Friends

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Prepare your best Saint Valentine's Day cards for them. Our pets are our sisters and our brothers, and they call us to be better people and better stewards of creation than we are now.

Performance Art Notes From Assisi

Lia Chavez | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Lia Chavez

In October, I traveled to Assisi, Italy to mark the inception of a month of meditation for my current 90-day endurance performance, True Light -- a performance art piece exploring the effects of fasting, prayer, meditation and silence on the phenomenon of artistic inspiration.

Canonization Coming for Hildegard

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts
Michael Sigman

The Catholic Church seems ready to codify what music lovers have known for nearly a millennium: Hildegard von Bingen is a saint. Vatican Insider repor...

Blessing Our Pets: In The Spirit of St. Francis And Judaism

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

St. Francis of Assisi always called creatures his brothers and sisters and he worked to further widen the fraternity to link humans and creatures in the same relationship with God.

St. Francis: The Power Of Loving All Creation

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Francis of Assisi believed that he was a creature of God and that his creatureliness made him and all of us part of Creation. We use Francis' teaching to remind us that we were created by the One who created all things.