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Reflections by Friars: Feast of St. Francis

The Appeal of St. Francis
By Gary Maciag, OFM
Br. Gary describes why people may be drawn to ‘a warm, fuzzy guy who likes critters.’

St. Francis From a Gardener’s Perspective
By Fr. Francis Di Spigno, OFM
Fr. Francis reflects on the difference between perfection and completion, and which Jesus and St. Francis want for us.

Pope Francis’s Appreciation of St. Francis
By Fr. Vincent Cushing, OFM
Fr. Vincent feels blessed in vision and direction brought by Pope Francis.

Franciscan Spirituality
By Fr. Neil O’Connell, OFM
Joyful, Pentecostal, incarnational, practical, wise, peaceful — words Fr. Neil used to describe Franciscan spirituality in a talk given to Harlem parishioners on the eve of the feast of St. Francis.

Friars Speak Out on Their Beloved Saint
By Fr. Francis McHugh, OFM, Fr. Frank Sevola, OFM, Fr. Francis Pompei, OFM, and Fr. A. Francis Soucy, OFM
Four friars provide reflections about St. Francis.

St. Francis and Buddhism
By Fr. Stephen Lynch, OFM
Fr. Stephen describes how the saint of Assisi exemplified the ideals of Buddhism.

When Francis Became the Love He Contemplated
By Fr. John Anglin, OFM
The feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis, celebrated Sept. 17, beckons us to realize that our vocation is a call to contemplate the crucified love of the cross.