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“Non Parlare, Guarda! – Speak Not, Behold!”

“Non Parlare, Guarda! – Speak Not, Behold!”

Many years ago now, during my first visit to Assisi, I found by chance a book written by Italian poet and artist Umberto Verdirosi entitled “Behind the Canvas”. On one page, entitled “Il povero cristo” in Italian and “The encounter” in English, is a painting...

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DISappointment

DISappointment

What caught your eye when you first saw the title of this article? Did you spot the word “appointment” first or did you see the word “disappointment” in its entirety? Disappointment may be an apt way to describe 2020 – a year that has been unpredictable, tumultuous...

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Blessed Feast of St Anthony

Blessed Feast of St Anthony

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A blessed and joyous Feast Day of St Anthony to you! To celebrate the feast of our Custody's patron, we invite you to join us for the online Feast Day Mass of St Anthony here. In addition, we are delighted to launch our updated...

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Anthony – Theologian After the Heart of Francis

Anthony – Theologian After the Heart of Francis

St Anthony’s humility accompanied his popularity through the ages. Many of us pray to him when we lose things and we may even call him “Doctor of the Church” and not know why. What many do not know is that Anthony had a licence to teach licentia docendi. St Francis,...

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A New Way of Looking at the World

A New Way of Looking at the World

St Francis of Assisi is well known for his love of poverty, but he was not born into poverty. In fact, he was born into wealth and privilege, and once dreamt of glory on the battlefield. He thought these were the things that would bring him happiness.  It was not...

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Passing as a Pilgrim with St Francis

Passing as a Pilgrim with St Francis

Caught up in life and its vicissitudes, we can begin to believe the great myth of human ego that this earthly life lasts forever and then, when Sister Death draws near to us, we are lost in panic, lost in pain. We are simply lost, and we hold out against her, not...

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St Clare and the Path of Purification

St Clare and the Path of Purification

In particular, I notice that Clare lives and suggests discernment as a path of purification: purification of the gaze, of the heart, and of the will.  Purification of the gaze  The starting point is the reality in which we find ourselves; the reality that “we...

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