For Better or For Worse

A few weeks ago my family and I were late getting to church on Sunday. Instead of walking up near the front where we usually sit, we went and sat up in the balcony. Being so far from the “action,” so to speak, I found myself more easily distracted and I began watching the family in front of me. The...

Archangels

Today is the Feast of the Archangels—Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The feast reminds me of my experiences as a pastor of two parishes in the rural Philippines. Both of them had parish churches in towns located on the coastline of their respective island. St. Michael the Archangel was patron of the parish...

A New Look, A Trusted Voice

I’m excited about the new logo and new tag line for the Servant line.  Ever since the late 1960’s, Servant has been publishing books and other products that celebrate the best of Catholic life. Stemming from its early roots in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Servant has always looked to bring all the...

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...

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