Looking for Lent in All the Wrong Places

Lent scares the daylights out of me. Every year I spend weeks trying to think of The Thing To Give Up or The Thing I Will Start Doing, wringing my hands all the while. In recent years, in fact, I’ve looked up and realized three to four days have passed and I still haven’t done (or not done)...

Prayer Makeover

When you need some prayers you probably have a few friends that immediately come to mind because you are certain their prayers work. Isn’t that a wonderful identity to have? I don’t think people would think of me in this way. Sure I pray almost every day, but storming heaven with prayers for others,  I...

Cooking up Some Fun

The editors of St. Anthony Messenger work really hard to bring our readers interesting, inspirational, informative — and fun — articles. In October 2011, we started our “Living Simply” column as a way to help all of us slow down, pare back and try to make life a little less...

Have You Done A Work of Mercy Lately?

When’s the last time you ransomed the captive or counseled the doubtful? No, they’re not high on my to-do list either. But I was recently challenged by the fact that they are high on Jesus’ to-do list for us and for the Church. I had to make a lengthy drive recently and decided to pass the time by...

Bringing the Basics Back to Catholic Schools

Picture this fictional, yet accurate, scenerio: It’s 1959, and St. Procopius Catholic School is flourishing. There are two of every grade and 18 religious sisters who serve the students. Sister Mary Pius has recently told all the eighth-grade boys that God may be calling them to the priesthood, and six of...

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