Live Outside the Walls

The two grand basilicas at each end of Assisi, during the lifetimes of Francis and Clare, lay outside the city walls: the Basilica of Saint Francis and the Basilica of Saint Clare. It is fitting that these two great saints of Assisi were buried outside the original...

Jesus Saves the Whole Human Person

Once we realize that Jesus came to save the entire human person and not just the soul, so much of the worry, stress, and burdens we heap upon ourselves dissipate. Each one of us is an embodied soul. It still confounds me how many devout believers forget this truth of...

The Footsteps of the Saints Lead to Christ

Saint Francis, the spiritual father of Junípero Serra, was filled with a deep desire to proclaim the Gospel to others. God gave Francis extraordinary grace to preach with confidence, compassion, and clarity, motivated by a love for Jesus and zeal for the salvation of...

Who Did God Create You to Be?

From all eternity, God has known the persons he created us to be, and knows us better than anyone else. Our greatest responsibility is to allow his Spirit to form us according to the divine plan. The full abundant life Jesus promises will only come about to the extent...

Nature’s Beauty Sings God’s Praise

Saint Junípero’s reverence for the beauty of California resonates with the Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis, which begins “Laudato si”: Praise be to you, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through Brother Sun, who brings the day, and Sister Moon...

The Mission of Music

Mission San Juan Bautista has been designated the “Mission of Music.” Music was interwoven into the daily life of the California missions: in liturgy, labor, and recreation. At sunrise, a bell called the people to worship, and families were roused by a morning hymn to...