Anticipation and Advent

As a child, I remember anticipating Christmas as Advent began. Each week as my parents brought me and my siblings to Mass and we witnessed the lighting of the community’s Advent wreath, the flame of anticipation was stoked in my heart. Of course, part of that was looking forward to the toys I would...

Do They Know It’s Eid al-Fitr?

Feed the World! You’ve heard this song a thousand times…today. It is ubiquitous at this time of year and, while as saccharine as many of its musical cohort, at least has the silver lining of having contributed in some positive way toward global well being. Or so we thought. The song’s...

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,”...

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...

Digital SAM: Grace on the Go

Did you know that St. Anthony Messenger is now available in digital format? We’ve come a long way! First published in 1893, the magazine grew into one of the principal Catholic family magazines in the United States. In its publishing history, the magazine has featured interviews with prominent...

Looking for Your Feedback

We here at Franciscan Media are truly grateful for you, our readers, listeners, and viewers. Simply put, you are the reason we do what we do! For that reason I want to take a moment to express our gratitude and pledge that we will on a daily basis continue our efforts to deliver inspiration...

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