Stepping Beyond the Birdbath

Have you ever gone to an event and had a sense that you were watching something that would be more than that event? I had the opportunity to attend a packed seminar on Franciscan mysticism in 2012 presented by Father Richard Rohr, OFM. And my wife and I found that Father Richard was able to reveal and unpack...

Stormy Blasts

I love thunderstorms. Last night we had a huge one here in Michigan. The sky turned black around 5:00 and we were pelted with rain. The thunder was so close and so loud that my house was shaking and things were rattling. It was the kind of storm that made me so glad to be safe and dry in my home where I...

Audio Enhancements

I have an enviably short commute from my home to my office, from 20 minutes on a problem-free day to a half hour on accident-blocked, school-bus-encumbered, construction-zone-plagued days. It’s a blessing, really. I am in awe of and completely nonplussed by those stalwart souls who endure daily commutes of...

My Three Beloved Worlds

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM. He coauthors the popular, free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. Some months ago, I read My Beloved World, the memoir of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She recounts growing up in a Cuban-American family in the...

What’s Coming in St. Anthony Messenger

Take a look at what’s coming up in the September issue of St. Anthony Messenger! * An article about the upcoming film Big Stone Gap, staring Ashley Judd and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, based on the best-selling books by Adriana Trigiani * An interview with Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez who leads Pope...

The Mysterious Workings of Grace

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM. He is coauthor of Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. When speaking of the word grace, it is important to clarify what grace really is. Grace is not something that we get from God. Grace is actually God...

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