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...

Mount Tabor: Jesus Transfigured

Between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee sits Mount Tabor, the most likely site where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The story, which includes appearances by Moses and Elijah, is told in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. In the third century, Origen identified this mountain...

Questions? Fr. John has answers!

If you’re looking for real answers to questions about prayer, spiritual growth, living in the world today, overcoming sin, and the distinctiveness of the Catholic faith, a recent title from Servant, Answers by Father John Bartunek, will speak to your soul and touch your heart. Fr. John is one of...

Balancing Act

From the mouths of babes comes the truth…How many times have we heard that saying? What’s your response? Shrug it off with a smile? Let it go in one ear and out the other? Chuckle a little bit while wishing it was just that easy? As the Jack Nicholson character said, “You can’t handle the...

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