I Lift Up My Eyes

Friar Tom Smith wrote the following song based on a prayer day at Dripping Springs Recreation Area in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was very hot that day, and Psalm…

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Crabs and Beans

In the Malaysian coastal town of Malacca, there occasionally appears a type of crab with a distinct cross-shaped mark on its shell. I remember, when I lived in that country,…

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Mary’s Garden – Part Two

Friar Solanus Mary continues taking us on a walk through Mary's Garden.  Fauna In the world of fauna the name of Our Lady also turns up. Let’s look at a…

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A Walk in Mary’s Garden
Visitation of the Virgin Mary, altarpiece in the Basilica of Saint Frediano, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

A Walk in Mary’s Garden

Friar Solanus Mary takes us on a short stroll through Mary's Garden.  Creation It’s a very Franciscan thing to look around at creation; to see the wondrous beauty of it…

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Laudato Si’ Week 2022

This week marks the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on care of creation. This year's anniversary carries the theme of 'Listening and Journeying Together.'In the Resources section of…

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Proclaiming the Beautiful

Art by the Friars The Franciscans have a deep tradition in the arts. Many of our friars create art in various mediums - textiles, pottery, photography, painting, sculpture, and more.The…

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