April Showers

April showers are yielding to May flowers, right? During the past month, I’ve been watching two flowering trees in my backyard very closely. Two years ago I picked up a Dogwood tree and a Redbud tree from Lowe’s, with dreams of having clarions of spring out my back window. That’s the way...

Franciscan Media: More than Meets the Eye

St. Anthony Messenger has been the core of our Franciscan province’s media-evangelization ministry for well over a century. In recent decades, other forms of evangelization have come and gone here—most notably our wildly successful presence in the parish services market through Catholic Update and other...

It’s Cold Outside!

Cold weather has swept much of the country these days, with wave after wave of blizzards across the northern US in recent weeks. Here’s shot of the spigot near my front door at home. Last October I turned the water off and left the faucet open, as usual, to keep the pipes intact through winter (to keep...

Answering Your Questions

One of the most popular columns in St. Anthony Messenger since 1915 is “Ask a Franciscan.” It’s always been written by a friar, and has always been a pastoral outreach from the Franciscans to you. It started as “The Wise Man’s Corner,” and was akin to other magazines’ advice columns. The...

Advent-plus

Last weekend I got out the ladder and joined my neighbors in our annual campaign to dress up our street for Christmas. Our Jewish neighbors understandably abstain from Christmas decorations, but they’ll certainly bring refreshments to the neighborhood party. We’ve got a great sense of community...

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