Money, Politics, and Religion

Growing up, there were three things my dad always warned me and my siblings never to bring up in conversation: money, politics, and religion. Rather, he taught us, if we worked hard, stuck to our own beliefs, and treated everyone with kindness, all would be well. For the most part, I’ve adhered to my...

Learning to Love the Sparrows

I have bird feeders outside my kitchen window this winter. I live near a forest, so I get a fairly wide variety of birds. Some of the regulars include cardinal, blue jay, chickadee, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, and a lovely little wren that occasionally finds its way into the...

Just Read Words

Since I work for a publishing company, I love magazine, newspaper, book and online word reading. While the visual power of television, movies and the Internet distract me from reading, I am drawn back to words since it’s where I learn the most about the world and myself. Last week, I became frustrated by...

Sister Rose–in the news!

You never know what’s going to happen when you leave here for the weekend. I was exploring  Twitter yesterday and came across our freelancer Maria Lourdes Scaperlanda’s congratulatory note to St. Anthony Messenger’s film reviewer Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Our good friend Sister Rose, I...

Anima Christi: A Mystical Prayer

This prayer touches us on a profound level. The words are most sacred and, with the Spirit’s help, they can lead us into an immediate union with Christ. The Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) has been attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), but historians say that the prayer predates Ignatius by as...

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