Patient Waiting

On the first Sunday of Advent, I found myself in the express checkout line at the grocery store. The cashier rang up my items, put them in a bag, and handed me back my change, quickly and efficiently, then went on to the next person in line. Normally, what I do at that point is stuff the change and receipt...

The Light of Christ Shining in My Darkness

It has been an upside-down Advent for me. The other day, I attended the funeral of a 21-year-old man who took his life after a struggle with depression. I cannot imagine the devastation of his parents and siblings as they deal with their grief. All around, lights and decorations and upbeat music pervade the...

Christmas Novena Begins

Christmas customs are strikingly varied around the world. One custom is the Christmas Novena—the nine days before Christmas. Today, December 16, is the first day of the Christmas Novena celebration  in Philippines. One of the cultural shocks I had when I first went to the rural Philippines in 1979 was...

Check Out Digital SAM!

St. Anthony Messenger has come a long way. First published on June 1, 1893, the magazine grew into one of the principal Catholic family magazines in the United States. In its publishing history, the magazine has featured interviews with prominent Catholics, and includes educational, inspirational, and...

Let it Snow!

Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s snowing. Because I come from much farther north than this fair city, a bit of snow, even a few inches, doesn’t bother me. Others outside my office door are expressing fear and panic for what is often called “the white death.” At times like these,...

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