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10 Challenges from the Admonitions of St. Francis

10 Challenges from the Admonitions of St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the great saints who somehow reaches across all divides, touches hearts and souls, and brings spiritual peace.  His little-known “Admonitions” are at once some of the most beautiful, and troubling, of Francis’s writings....

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Despair as Weakness Rather than Sin

Despair as Weakness Rather than Sin

The stigma attached to suicide and struggles with mental health makes it difficult for so many people to get the help and support they need. Paraclete is privileged to provide two resources of hope for survivors, and those who have experienced suicide loss—Bruised...

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Great Music Changes Us

Great Music Changes Us

In 1972, soul singer Aretha Franklin released a record that is her finest album. Amazing Grace sold over two million copies in the United States, and in 1973 she won the Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance. Recorded live in the New...

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A Map Of The Pilgrimage

A Map Of The Pilgrimage

The metaphor that governs the sequence of sonnets in this book is simple: to read is to venture with companions on a pilgrimage toward a shared end. This book’s journey begins with the creation. Heavenly bodies burst into darkness. Then...

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Why is it so hard to forgive?

Why is it so hard to forgive?

Becoming a follower of Christ requires that we give up what feels normal and enter uncharted and mysterious new territory. Christ requires a radical change of direction, and he models a way of being in the world that often brings us into shocking conflict with our notions about what it means to be a decent human being.
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He Kept on Walking

He Kept on Walking

Excerpted from Small Surrenders: A Lenten Journey by Emilie Griffin A friend of mine told me about a homily that moved him, given by a man who, facing a terminal illness himself, spoke about Jesus walking to Jerusalem. And the repeated thought,...

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