Pope Francis & St. Francis

If you’re a longtime subscriber to St. Anthony Messenger, you’ll know that, every once in a while, we introduce a new, regular column into this magazine. Sure, we’ve got our permanent, very popular columns (departments), such as “Followers of St. Francis,” “Ask a Franciscan,” “Reel Time,”...

Holy Turf War

Of all the televangelists whose names are familiar to the younger generations, none had a more impressive broadcasting career than Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. He hosted a radio program (one that had an audience of four million listeners) for 20 years, and two prime-time TV shows for about 13. He wrote 73 books...

Emmaus: Recognizing Jesus

Although the story of Jesus walking to Emmaus on Easter Sunday with two disciples is found only in the Gospel of Luke (24:13-32), in a sense, it is every disciple’s story. Two disciples who thought they understood the Scriptures had their hearts opened more widely to Jesus as he spoke with them along the...

Our Mother and a Bishop

Yesterday,  we celebrated the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Listening to the local Catholic radio station, the Mother of God was one of the leading topics of conversation throughout the various programs.  Another topic which has been gaining more and more attention in the past couple weeks is on...

Praise God! But, Why?

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. “Alleluia.” At every Mass, just before the Gospel, we say this...

Called to Joy

Joy, like love, is often a decision, an act of the will, rather than a spontaneous emotion. St. Francis knew this when he told his companion, Brother Leo, that perfect joy would be not reacting to violent rejection by the gatekeeper at his own friary. Pope Francis knew this when he wrote his apostolic...

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