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about Jeff Smith

I was raised Catholic and continue to try to deepen my understanding of Roman Catholic beliefs and practices. I've also long been interested in the beliefs and traditions of other religions. I see Deily as an incredible opportunity to make that education a part of my daily life. I grew up in New Hampshire and earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature at Clark University in Worcester, MA. The background photo above is at the basilica in Assisi, Italy, final resting place of my namesake, St. Francis.

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St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church
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Parshat Tzav - Torah Lights

"Open the Door and Come to Israel" -- Rabbi Riskin's Insights into Parshat Tzav 5775 (2015).

Passover For Beginners

Learn a few Hebrew words at the same time!

Holi Festival of Colors

This background on the Hindu holiday of Holi, the Festival of Colors, is from the Vedic Society Hindu Temple of Southampton, UK:

Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

This is the translated Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom that is read during Pascha (Easter) liturgy in Orthodox Christian churches. This versi...

The Resurrection And Christianity

This is a college level Sunday school lesson from from, a resource of The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt.

Morning Prayer

This prayer is attributed to St. Therese.


It's a tradition to drown out the mention of the name Haman during the reading of the Book of Esther during observance of Purim. The drowning out o...


Hamantaschen cookies are said to be named after Haman, the villain of the Purim story who wore a three-cornered hat. Thus the cookies are sometimes...

Purim: Queen Esther

Esther had the quality of bringing out the best in others.

Purim Lesson: Work is Required For Happiness, Self Improvement

An explanation from Rabbi Avrahm Levichaim of Yachad Kollel in Los Angeles, CA.

Forgiveness Sunday: Be Transformed in The Renewal of your Mind

This sermon was delivered at Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, DC on Feb. 22, 2015.

Forgiveness Sunday Services Greek Orthodox

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago Feb. 22, 2015.

Forgiveness Sunday Liturgy

The theme of this Sunday refers to the expulsion of Adam from Paradise. Adam misused his freedom by allowing himself to be persuaded by the evil on...
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"Excerpt from Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, part of a trilogy by Regis J. Armstrong." read more
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"Here is a brief video bio of Saint Francis of Assisi." read more
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"This unattributed image of Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun was found on the website of Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communit..." read more
"This is a performance of "Canticle of the Sun" by Sofia Gubaidulina." read more
"Read an English translation of the "Canticle of the Sun", also known as "Song of the Sun" or "Praises of the Creatures" on Deily." read more
"I had never heard of Dr. Sheehan before, but am glad you mentioned him in your video. After watching the video of him speaking I bought one of his ..." read more
"Here is a brief bio of George Sheehan. Below is an excellent video of Sheehan speaking before the Boston Marathon some years ago. (It's excellent i..." read more
"At that time Shushan was the capital of Persia." read more
"King Ahasuerus was king of Persia, reigning between 486-465 BC. He ruled from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces." read more
" breaks down the history of the hamantaschen in a long, well-written article celebrating Purim. Here is an excerpt:Although nowadays you ..." read more
"Here is a brief related message from Bobby Schuller." read more
"This is a close-up on the feet of the Homeless Jesus statue from Austin, TX.Image from local Austin ABC affiliate KVUE. See their coverage here." read more