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9/11 Olph Afghanistan

After finding Jesus in the temple, Mary is said to have pondered all things in her heart. How much we have to ponder in our hearts as we anticipate the twentieth anniversary of 9/11: the memories of the persons who died that day and of those who over the years have died of the wide-range [...]

By |2021-09-04T10:44:07-04:00September 4th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on 9/11 Olph Afghanistan

Afghanistan Exit

How often during the war in Afghanistan as in previous wars part of our stated goal was to win minds and hearts of the people; therefore, we invested in humanitarian and development projects. US and allied forces also won trust and friendship of civilians who risked their personal safety to support our efforts. Now, as [...]

By |2021-08-29T11:02:13-04:00August 29th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Afghanistan Exit

Afghanistan and Haiti Pieta

One of the most poignant portrayals of our Blessed Mother is that of the Pieta, the sorrowful mother holding the body of Christ.  Mary continues to hold us, who are the body of Christ, in her arms. On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, we looked to Mary as a reminder of Christ’s words [...]

By |2021-08-20T11:15:48-04:00August 20th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Afghanistan and Haiti Pieta

Introducing FranciscanTV

Introducing FranciscanTV.US Friars Launch FranciscanTV.US – A New Franciscan Media Channel The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province are excited to announce the launch of FranciscanTV.US. This new Franciscan media channel aims to share the friars’ love of community, creation and Church through a series of heart-warming and spiritual [...]

By |2021-08-17T10:59:07-04:00August 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Introducing FranciscanTV

Delta Variant Hope and Unity

In times of trouble, we often appeal to Mary as Mother of Perpetual Help. She is our steady hope, joining us in our prayers, when hope is hard to come by. As we move through a summer that we had hoped would mark our country’s “return to normal,” after our long pandemic isolation, we are [...]

By |2021-08-06T09:05:06-04:00August 6th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Delta Variant Hope and Unity

Wildfires Environmental Justice

Mary’s titles, Mother of the Living and the New Eve remind us of Christ's mission to make all things new. Last week's news brought us graphic images of how much our earth needs renewal, beginning with the massive destruction of floods in Germany and in China. Closer to home, Sunday's news told of nearly 300 [...]

By |2021-07-30T10:33:03-04:00July 30th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Wildfires Environmental Justice

One More DACA Crisis

Last week Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the DACA. Created in 2012, DACA granted some undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States temporary protection from deportation and legal permission to seek employment and higher education. As noted previously in this blog, a large percentage of our essential workers in health care, education [...]

By |2021-07-24T09:34:39-04:00July 24th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on One More DACA Crisis

Frederick Douglass and July 4th

Through Mary, we have been birthed into the freedom that is Christ’s gift. Last week as we celebrated Independence Day, we experienced national concerns similar to those identified by Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist and escaped slave when on July 5, 1852, he spoke to the Ladies Anti-Slavery Society of Rochester, N.Y of what July [...]

By |2021-07-09T10:30:30-04:00July 9th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Frederick Douglass and July 4th

Revised Confluence of Memory

Like Mary, we are called to consider our personal, national and even global experiences in light of God's call to loving service. The first anniversary of George Floyd's death, Memorial Day, and the centenary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, give us ample cause for prayer and reflection A number of states have instituted changes in [...]

By |2021-06-04T12:20:46-04:00June 4th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Revised Confluence of Memory

January 6th Panel

Nearly five months after the January 6th breach of the Capitol, the scene remains vivid in our minds. On the day Vice President Pence was to oversee the certification of the November 2020 election, Capitol police rushed him and members of Congress out of the meeting room and into more secure locations as the crowd [...]

By |2021-05-28T09:00:25-04:00May 28th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on January 6th Panel
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