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War, Peace and Our Lady of All Nations

Relating the Keypoint of History to the Messages of Mary An Article by Fr. Peter Damien Fehlner, FI "Dr. Richard Russell, a recent convert to Catholicism, is a well-known student of contemporary international relations, in particular of international security and military strategy. He is therefore well qualified to comment on the themes of war and [...]

Making the Blessed John Duns Scotus Film

An Interview with Fr. Alphonse Bruno, FI, the Producer An Article By Fr. Louis Maximilian Smith, FI An inside look at the film produced by the Franciscans of the Immaculate in Italy--"Duns Scotus: Defender of the Immaculate Conception." A personal interview with the film's producer, Fr. Alphonse M. Bruno, FI, and the action behind the [...]

Our Lady of Prompt Succor: “Victory is Ours”

By Sr. Faustina Olson, FHI Many have heard about the battle of New Orleans and the astounding statistics of this victory for Andrew Jackson and America. They have learned about it through songs, poetry and history books. Many historical accounts credit the success solely to Andrew Jackson’s strategic skill. However, the real force behind the [...]

The Marian Principle of Growth in Holiness

by Fr. Maximilian Dean, FI In the abundant Marian teachings of St. Bonaventure—from his Commentary on the Sentences to his Marian Sermons, from his summary of dogmatic theology in the Breviloquium to his spiritual conferences on the Hexaemoren—one cannot help but be struck by the centrality given to Mary’s role in the Incarnation, the Redemption [...]

The Immaculate and the Christocentrism of Franciscan Thought

St. Francis often called himself an “idiot,” that is an uneducated man. But whether he was inferior intellectually in wisdom to so many of his famous “educated” sons is a question open to considerable doubt, particularly when we consider that extraordinary relation between him and the Immaculate. And if indeed not only his Order, but [...]

The Immaculate and the Marian Structure of Our Vocation

When the question is asked: What is the specific, distinguishing feature of the Franciscan way and of its christocentrism?, a great many answers are given — all containing a kernel of the truth, but none entirely adequate. Some will point to poverty and penance; others to charity or joy; still others to Francis’ christocentrism, and [...]

Mary and the Understanding of Our Vocation

Celano writes (I Cel. 24) of Francis while staying at the house of Bernard of Claravalle: “And he (Bernard) used to see him praying all night, very rarely sleeping, praising God and His Mother the glorious Virgin.” Rightly, observes Bonaventure: “After Christ, he placed all his trust in her.” (L.M.9,3) For through her help, he [...]