A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'll use these at the next Notre Dame game....

These "sports rosaries" from Abbey Press are a bit tacky, but they just might give us the miracle that the Irish need right now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Inspiring Blog

Today I received a message from one of my friends, Phillip Gerard Johnson, who informed me that at 24-years of age, he has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He has beautifully written about the physical, mental, and spiritual anguish on his blog, In Caritate Non Ficta. His brutal honesty and trust in Christ's redeeming power is truly an inspiration. Phillip's trial underscores what I wrote in my last post; saints abound here on earth. They have trials, doubts, and setbacks, but God's power ultimately shines through and transforms them. May we all pray for Phillip, and others like him, who are going through extremely difficult times.

Here is another inspiring blog
, written by a young man who triumphed over a serious form of cancer.

As Frank Parater said, "Remember, the Sacred Heart never fails those who love Him." May this give us comfort.

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