What Do I Say?

Franciscan Media has recently published a book to help those taking care of seriously ill and dying people to communicate with and comfort them. What Do I Say? Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying by Margrit Anna Banta offers just that, plus something more. By demystifying the process in a peaceful...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

How Many Kids Do You Have?

Recently, I had the pleasure of volunteering at a fundraising event for our local seminary. I saw a pregnant lady at the buffet, struggling with a small child in one arm and a plate in the other. I immediately offered to help with the plate (assuming she would not voluntarily hand her child over to a...

The Call to Joy—And Our Response

My new favorite book—Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy: The Essential Guide to The Joy of the Gospel—was written by our co-worker Diane Houdek and published by Franciscan Media. By taking a closer look at what Pope Francis wrote in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,”...

Peace and Good!

Things have been bustling in the St. Anthony Messenger editorial offices for the past few weeks. No, it’s not the usual panic, getting 60 pages planned, created, finished, and off to the printer. It’s the bustle of Franciscan Editor Patrick McCloskey, OFM, and his new book Peace and Good, a...

Can You Legislate Immorality?

The city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (the “Venice of America”), has made headlines over its arrest of 90-year-old Arnold Abbott, a chef whose crime is feeding the hungry. Mayor Jack Seiler has defended the city’s policy, saying, “It’s a public safety issue. It’s a public health...

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