Retrospect & Prospect

Retrospect and Prospect October painted autumn’s awesome palette on the trees and hillsides of southern Ohio. For the past weeks the colors and the weather were spectacular. Gentle rains mixed with mild temperatures to bring about nature’s finest display. Certainly, it’s easy to find the transcendent...

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.”...

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...

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...

Being small, thinking big in a benevolent universe

Have you ever had a chance to think about your role in the universe that is about an estimated 46 billion light years in radius and apparently expanding at an accelerating rate? We oftentimes consider that in this community of planets, stars, galaxies, let alone the world, our nation, city or town, that we...

My God and My All

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. With St. Francis’ feast day approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot...

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