Speak Life

I was on a conference call with an author yesterday, when I was struck by a statement he made: we’re all struggling. I found myself getting lost in that thought because it’s one I’ve had pretty often myself. We’re all doing the best we can to get along, but oftentimes we fail to see that others are...

Our Language Matters

The recently concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, preparing for next October’s Ordinary Synod on the same topic, reminds me of something that noted Jesuit historian Father John W. O’Malley has written about Vatican II. One of its greatest accomplishments was using a new type of...

Teacher & Pupil Reunite

You never know who you’re going to run into! When St. Anthony Messenger‘s newest editor, Dan Imwalle, showed up on his first day of work, he told me: “I think that the nun at the main desk was my fourth-grade teacher!” I told Dan: “Go down and tell her that—she’ll get a kick out of it.”...

SAM Devotes Special Section to the Synod

Perhaps you noticed St. Anthony Messenger‘s special section on family in this issue? Hard to miss, I know! The Church will surely be buzzing during and after this month’s world Synod of Bishops on families. When the synod topic was first announced, back in 2013, we knew that it would be of high...

Endless Love, Infinite Possibility

The headline of this week’s column is a phrase I heard one of our Franciscan friars use to describe heaven. It struck me as something that is a great contrast to what most consider the “beatific vision” conjured in our minds by inadequate capacity to understand eternity. Spending eternity...

Mass Mobs Have Mass Appeal

Since the AP first reported the story of a group of Catholics “plotting” to fill the pews of a sparsely attended church in Buffalo, New York, Mass mobs have spread across the northern U.S. The phenomenon has been reported in Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philly, and elsewhere, particularly in...

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