Bathtub Reading

My bathroom is tucked under the coombed ceiling of my top floor, so instead of taking a quick shower in the morning, I allow time for a leisurely bath. And I always have one or more books designated at “tub reading.” These titles tend to be thoughtful, reflective kinds of books, something to...

Pope Vetoes Vito

In what was a move that perhaps ought not to have been shocking, Pope Francis made headlines last week by excommunicating the Mafia. The move came after an especially shocking drug-war-related hit that took the life of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather in January. While it might seem naive to think that...

Laughter: God’s Secret Medicine

I’m sure you’ve heard the same studies I have concerning the health benefits of laughter. It’s really quite extraordinary. Everything from our psychological state to cardiovascular health is improved—even greatly improved—by what early studies show to be just a few moments of...

“These Scenes May Seem Alike to You . . .”

Halfway through the past century, the St. Anthony Messenger editors began publishing what many today consider the magazine’s hallmark: “Pete and Repeat.” It was Father Victor Drees, OFM, working with assistant Marie Frohmiller and a new assistant editor, Mary Lynne Phillips. Apparently Father Victor...

Gethsemane: Jesus’ Agony

At the foot of the Mount of Olives sits the Church of All Nations, completed in 1924 with financing from 16 countries. The Friars Minor began working at this shrine in 1392 and acquired the property in 1663. A 12thcentury Crusader church was built over a fourth-century Byzantine church. A grotto nearby has...

Catholic Marketing Network coming up!

The Catholic Marketing Network will hold its 2014 International Trade Show in Chicago on July 29th – August 1st. “We’re very excited about returning to Chicago,” said CMN President Alan Napleton. “We last held our CMN summer event in Chicago in 2003 and it was our largest gathering ever so we think...

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