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New Life in Ministry

Dear Friends of Saint Francis,   Many of you have asked why I am no longer posting on www.cribandcross.org monthly spiritual reflections, as I had been doing since 2002. An explanation is warranted.   I initially researched and developed these as preparation for preaching. Subsequently, I based them on various Franciscan themes, including hope and joy,…

A Passage Through India

During most of human history, there was no need for inter-religious dialogue. Men and women spent their entire lives in largely homogeneous societies with little or no interest in other cultures, lifestyles and religions. Today, we live in a pluralistic environment in which we must interact with strangers for our livelihood and survival. A timid…

Peace on Earth

There was something prophetic about Pope Francis throwing open the holy doors of mercy just as Syrian refugees were preparing to begin a new life. For some, at least, hostility in a war-weary country is being replaced with hospitality in a new land. The current refugee crisis reminds us that the Christmas story is as…

The Light in the Darkness

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9: 2) Many ancient religions have a festival to celebrate this light. Jews have Hanukkah and Hindus have Diwali. The Japanese festival is Tōrō Nagashi (Festival of Floating Lanterns)….