‘Never Needed You More’

A subscriber recently noted on a renewal form: “Keep up the good work. The Church has never needed you more.” We are certainly encouraged by those words as we work to bring St. Anthony Messenger to our readers. We seek to be good companions on your faith journey, introducing you to faith-filled...

Change

Does the word change conjure up anything in you? Each of us approaches change differently. I may love change, relish in it, embrace it, and look for opportunities to engage it. I may hate change, fear it, stress over it, and work against it. Our attitude and perspective on change may vary, based on each...

Cool to Be Catholic

There’s a Catholic in the White House again! Well, not exactly. But in today’s media drenched culture, the news that Stephen Colbert, who is open about his Catholicism, will succeed David Letterman as host of the CBS late night show next year is a close equivalent to John F. Kennedy’s...

The Last of the Forty Days

I can’t believe Lent is coming to an end. In the Catholic publishing world, the season of Lent seems even longer than 40 days, as we are promoting Lenten books and resources to parishes and Catholics long before Lent actually begins. As Holy Week approaches, I’ve been thinking about how to make the most...

The Season of Making Pitches

As we enter March, thoughts for many of us, honed over decades of watching spring come out of a usually grinding winter, turn to baseball. But those of us in the publishing business, especially in Catholic publishing, the coming of spring brings attendance at conventions where we are making our best pitches...

Not OK

Recently, at the grocery store, stocking up on healthy snacks for my youngest, I got a hankering for a little self-indulgence. There was an on-sale display of Dove lotion. I should immediately have thought of their inspirational Campaign for Real Beauty. Instead, a creepy voice in my head said, “It rubs...

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