On Crutches: The Grace of a New Perspective

During Easter week of this year, on a rainy morning, I was stepping out of the office at my local auto repair place when I misjudged the step down to the street, twisted to the left, felt a crack, and ended up face down on my hands and knees. From the feel of things, it was serious. A couple of hours later,...

Answer the phone! It could be God calling.

I was one of those people who used to think I didn’t need a cell phone…until I was involved in an accident. The very next day I got a cell phone and now, like so many people, I’m available 24/7 no matter where I happen to be traveling. I was thinking about this as I picked up a copy of a new...

Striving for Perfection

My two-year-old granddaughter is a real corker. She loves to imitate whatever she hears. So, when her French fry is too hot, she asks her daddy to blow on it. Then she tastes it, rolls her eyes and exclaims, “It’s perfect.” Shortly after witnessing Little Miss Perfect’s demonstration, I read St. Paul...

Special Issue Examines Catholic-Muslim Relations

I’ve been an editor for St. Anthony Messenger for over 10 years. And in those years, the staff has produced special issues and special sections many times. We’ve addressed the clergy sex-abuse crisis, New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, the environment and sacraments. Special issues are quite a...

Walking Toward the Past to Find God’s Presence

In reaching back to the past, many of us use a variety of tools: photos, journals, scrapbooks, audio recordings, videos, among others. For me, this summer, it was the Church that helped me to connect in a very special way to my family generations past. Over the last several years, my 85-year-old mother and...

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