Laughter: God’s Secret Medicine

I’m sure you’ve heard the same studies I have concerning the health benefits of laughter. It’s really quite extraordinary. Everything from our psychological state to cardiovascular health is improved—even greatly improved—by what early studies show to be just a few moments of...

Charity

Charity is a word that, to some extent, has taken on negative connotation lately. To some, a charity is an organization whose mission is making money. A “charity case” is some poor soul we stoop down to assist—perhaps with a sense of superiority or pity. Then again, we might be on the receiving...

‘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...

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