Stepping Stones Toward Contemplative Union

Several years ago I heard a spiritual writer describe contemplative prayer as “conscious union with God.” If I remember correctly, the writer was Father William Johnston, S.J. I would like to share some thoughts on contemplative union by offering you the image of a loving couple sitting on a bench and...

Lessons From…a Groundhog?

“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” This question, asked by Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, in the movie Groundhog Day, is a deep one. And those of you who’ve seen the film know that Phil Connors is not a man...

Can You Spare a Prayer?

I hate MRI’s. Dread them. But since I have MS, they’re inevitably a part of my life. Over the past nine years that I’ve been dealing with this disease, I’ve tried every trick in the book to stave off the panic attacks that come laying inside a small tube for over an hour. I’ve listened to the...

Love and the Two-Dollar Orchid

The sign read $2.00, tagging a collection of plants on the floral shop floor as practically worthless. Tucked behind a disheveled palm and a kalanchoe was a black pot holding a very spindly-looking plant. Although the wrap was gone, the plant leaves still surrounded the the bare stem and the small bamboo...

Subscription/Prescription

I have been answering phones for the magazine St. Anthony Messenger for 3 years.  In customer service we are met daily with many different types of customers and could tell you all kinds of stories. I suppose one of my favorite stories would be when customers call to request a “prescription” for St....

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