‘Never Needed You More’

A subscriber recently noted on a renewal form: “Keep up the good work. The Church has never needed you more.” We are certainly encouraged by those words as we work to bring St. Anthony Messenger to our readers. We seek to be good companions on your faith journey, introducing you to faith-filled...

Bethlehem: Jesus’ Birthplace

On May 25, Pope Francis will visit here, one of the world’s most visited Christian shrines. The Friars Minor have been here since 1347. The current basilica incorporates a 12th-century church built over a fourth-century basilica constructed over an even earlier shrine. Sharing the use of this basilica with...

Was Jesus Really Plan B?

The majority of Christian theologians and preachers have seen Jesus’ incarnation as a response to the sin of Adam and Eve: no sin, no incarnation. In effect, that makes the Incarnation Plan B. Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan theologian who died in 1308 and was beatified in 1993, saw this...

Jerusalem: Christ’s Tomb

Holy Sepulchre Basilica, perhaps Christianity’s most important shrine, was completed in 335 by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. An early Christian shrine had been replaced with a pagan temple in 135. After the Crusaders seized Jerusalem in 1099, they built the current church, which also includes...

One Lenten Question

Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). Here we are at the beginning of Lent, which deep down is always about abundant life. For some of us, this season immediately evokes the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Candy, soft drinks, or movies...

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