Called to Joy

Joy, like love, is often a decision, an act of the will, rather than a spontaneous emotion. St. Francis knew this when he told his companion, Brother Leo, that perfect joy would be not reacting to violent rejection by the gatekeeper at his own friary. Pope Francis knew this when he wrote his apostolic...

Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

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...

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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