Enough

This is a story about Adam. Adam is three years old. He lives in Iraq. And he was killed on October 31. He was killed at the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad when armed militants who said they were part of the Islamic State of Iraq—a group with ties to Al Quaida—stormed the cathedral. Adam’s...

Quite Literally Powerless

We were shopping for last-minute souvenirs in Beirut’s City Mall when the power went out. “Ah, must be 6 o’clock already,” my colleagues and I agreed. As we said this, the saleswoman could only laugh, marveling at the fact that her North American visitors already had become familiar...

The Cottonwood

The work of acquiring new content usually requires our product development team to move well beyond the doors of our St. Anthony Messenger Press offices in Cincinnati. Earlier this month, I had a chance to travel to New Mexico with colleague Lisa Biedenbach to meet with internationally known Franciscan...

Rediscovering the Passion

This second week of November, three of the Franciscans who work at St. Anthony Messenger Press are together on retreat with 40-some other friars. With me are Fathers Pat McCloskey, editor of St. Anthony Messenger and Jack Wintz, editor of Catholic Update. We’re staying at the guest house of the Benedictine...

How Many Birds Can YOU Kill With One Stone?

Where’s Hope? A couple of weeks ago our backyard desperately needed to be raked. My husband and I, who like to walk every day, decided that our exercise would be to rake the fallen leaves, thus killing two birds with one stone. Just before I got started raking, I noticed a Facebook post from a...

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