The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Discovering, studying, and finally entering into an intellectual tradition can be an exciting event when traveling the path toward truth. But sometimes even from within various traditions there can be divergent schools or sects which might compete for being the most faithful to the vision of its founder. This exists, for example, in the Thomistic Intellectual Tradition. … Continue reading The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Finding Your Catholic Voice

"Discovering St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus, the two great intellectual lights of the Lesser Brothers, early on in my theological and philosophical studies, I was immediately taken by the integrity, versatility, depth, width, breadth and beauty of the theologico-mystical vision outlined by these early intellectual and spiritual successors of the Poor Man from … Continue reading Finding Your Catholic Voice

Christ & His Saints

G.K. Chesterton once said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and not tried.” Confronted by the difficulty of living the Way, there is a temptation to weaken its teachings by sissifying not only our Lord Jesus Christ, but many great Saints of the Church. The American image of … Continue reading Christ & His Saints

St. Francis of Assisi: Praises to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise the holy Lady, The most holy Queen, Mary, only Mother of God. She is forever Virgin, Heavenly chosen of the Father, And consecrated by the beloved Son with the Holy Ghost the Paraclete. They three descended in you, And remaining there still, For grace's fullness and every goodness. Praise God's Palace Praise God's Tabernacle … Continue reading St. Francis of Assisi: Praises to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Francis & Saint Clare on the Human Person

“Humans have an inviolable dignity because God created each person through love and for love. As scripture tells us, each human being bears God’s very image and likeness (Gen. 1:26). This means that humans are whole persons, distinct from the other creatures that were created ‘each after their own kind’ (Gen. 1:24). Each person is … Continue reading Saint Francis & Saint Clare on the Human Person