Autumn Adventures

In early spring of this year, I took on a new venture. I joined a CSA (short for Community Supported Agriculture), a group of local farmers who use sustainable farming techniques to produce seasonal vegetables, chickens, eggs, and an assortment of other farm products that are free of antibiotics, hormones,...

Africa, Week 1

John Feister, editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger, is in Africa to see firsthand the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). We took a day off after an abrupt change in plans. There was a kidnapping of a Doctors Without Borders group, in a remote, ill-advised location. Medecine Sans Frontieres is prone...

The Pleasure of Reading—It’s All in Your Head

Have you ever been to the beach or on a week-long vacation with that book or books into which you’ve been dying to dive? Did you notice how your whole being seemed to be wrapped up into that experience of reading, how you were transported in a way that doesn’t happen when you’re home and handling all...

God’s Great Gift: The Commandments

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM. In 1988, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, a multimillionaire, and a man of strong opinions, addressed the National Press Association in Atlanta about the Ten Commandments. He said, “We’re living with outmoded rules. The rules we’re living under are the...

A Personal Year of Faith

You may have heard that on October 11 the bishops of the world gathered together to solemnly open a year of faith. Sadly, this event will be ignored by many Catholics. After all, what does a meeting in Rome have to do with me? Well, actually, it has a lot to do with each of us. Any time the Church...

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