Celebrating Francis with Faith, Fern & Compass

Happy St. Francis Day!Today, October 4, is the feast day for Il Poverello. And I have a confession to make: lately when I've been talking about St. Francis, it's usually been to compare him to St. Hildegard of Bingen, who (this coming Sunday) will be declared a Doctor of the Church, an honor that Francis does not share (although his follower, St. Bonaventure, is a member of the Doctor club). When I've compared Francis and Hildegard, the question I've pondered is this: "Which one is more … [Read more...]

Listen to my friends…

I'd like to take a moment and send some love to some friends of mine who are creating interesting audio content for the web. Okay, a disclaimer: they've both talked about me and/or had me on their show. But that notwithstanding, I recommend both shows as well worth your time. Both have a strong interfaith dimension, and so are particularly suited for anyone wanting an expansive approach to spirituality.First, from the west coast, Alison Leigh Lilly and Jeff Lilly have created a new podcast … [Read more...]