Francis of Assisi: God’s Holy Fool

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by Susan R. Pitchford I lost my heart to Francis of Assisi for the same reason I lost it to Jesus: I’m a sucker for the combination of holiness and charm. It’s been said that Francis followed in the footsteps of Christ as closely as anyone ever has. And of all the saints, Francis is [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Care if You Use Prayer Beads

I don’t care if you use prayer beads. I know that seems strange to say. After all, I’m the woman who is passionate about them. I’ve collected them for almost 25 years. I’ve built a living out of writing and teaching and speaking about prayer beads. I love praying with them and think they make [Read More...]

Prayer Beads: Yes, It’s OK for Protestants

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“Is it okay for Protestants to use prayer beads?” In the five years I’ve been writing and teaching about prayer beads, this is, by far, the number one question I hear. The subtext of the question seems to be, “Are we going to get struck by lightning if we use beads in prayer?” There is [Read More...]


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