‘Small Steps’ For Living in Holiness and Peace – from the CFR Friars Joyfully Serving the Poor in the South Bronx

The book’s chapters model the pillars of CFR religious life: prayer, fraternal life, evangelization, and service to the poor. The book has a particular appeal to Catholics in the current Lenten season. The tools outlined in Habits for Holiness are drawn from the CFR charism and spirituality.
Mark-Mary Ames, CFR, takes 800 years of that same Franciscan spiritual wisdom and extracts "small steps" that can lead anyone–especially laypeople–to the same peace and holiness in daily life. In his new book "Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress," Fr.
Doing simple things consistently provides a solid foundation onto which grace can overflow. Mark-Mary emphasizes, "Things fall in order when you’re living in order. The CFR community’s motto is ‘poco a poco,’ or ‘little by little.’ By opening our hearts to others, making time for prayer, and serving others, we can be transformed." Fr.
The daily pursuit of holiness may seem daunting, but putting God first provides peace of heart and clarity along the path to sanctity and eternal life. Throughout the past year, and especially now during Lent, many people are reevaluating their spiritual priorities.
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Each section includes thought-provoking questions for reflection such as, "Does my life look radically different from the lives of non-believers?" and "Am I truly paying attention to the people I meet throughout the day?"
Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress coaches readers how to:
Make prayer the center of daily life through a quick "3×5 Examen"
Foster growth through recreation, exercise, proper rest, and healthy eating
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24, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) were founded in the chaotic and crime-ridden South Bronx neighborhood in 1987. Despite many obstacles, they have become one of the fastest-growing Catholic religious orders in the world, known for radical service to the poor and a joyful Christ-centered spirituality. EXTON, Penn., Feb.
Serve and love the poor through personal encounters and small sacrifices
The primary mission of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal community is a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and their Holy Father, St. Francis in the Capuchin tradition. Through their commitment to prayer and contemplation, the study of Sacred Scripture, their fidelity to the Church and the sacraments, their fraternal life, and their generous service to the poor, the CFRs receive the nourishment necessary to live out their lives as sons of St. ABOUT FR. Francis. MARK-MARY AMES, CFRThe Franciscan Friars of the Renewal were founded in the chaotic South Bronx neighborhood in 1987, and are one of the fastest-growing religious communities in the world.

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"Instead of encouraging people to exit the chaos of the world and tune out, we share the Franciscan rule of practical and proven steps of how to lean in and cultivate their daily life into fertile soil for the spiritual life," Fr. Mark-Mary explains.
Fr. This is his first book with Ascension, the leader in faith formation. Mark-Mary Ames, Director of Communications for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (known affectionately as "the CFRs"), is well-known for his videos on the popular "Ascension Presents" YouTube channel.
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Mark-Mary Ames, CFR, was ordained in 2018 and lives at the CFR friary in the Bronx. Fr. Fr. Mark-Mary is a weekly host on Ascension Presents, the second-largest Catholic YouTube Channel in English.