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...

Giving Thanks

Sometimes I use Preface 40 in the Roman Missal. I especially like the way it addresses God and says, “Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace….” Although nothing we say or do can ever increase God’s greatness, don’t we become different people...

Celebrate Life

This past Sunday, the feast of All Soul’s Day, was an emotional roller coaster for so many people in our hometown and across the country. Although I haven’t been personally affected by the death of a loved one in a long time, my heart ached for those I encountered on that day. Following an early morning...

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