Stop the Bullying!

Recently, I have heard story after story—in the news, from friends and families, and even at my own dinner table—about kids being bullied. It’s rampant. It’s everywhere. As we’ve unfortunately witnessed time and time again, it can be deadly. And it needs to stop. I know, I know. Bullying has gone...

Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted...

You Did What?

When Mark and I first got married, we went through all the required Pre-Cana classes and even decided to go for the full Engaged Encounter weekend as opposed to the abbreviated one-day class. Come our wedding day, we thought we were set. Finances? Check. Number of children desired? Check. Extended family?...

Answering Your Questions

One of the most popular columns in St. Anthony Messenger since 1915 is “Ask a Franciscan.” It’s always been written by a friar, and has always been a pastoral outreach from the Franciscans to you. It started as “The Wise Man’s Corner,” and was akin to other magazines’ advice columns. The...

Ready for Merton

An old saying, sometimes attributed to an anonymous Zen master, asserts, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” On the upcoming 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth (January 30, 2015), this would seem to be the case for me and his writings. I first encountered Merton in my 20s,...

Apocalypse Now?

What did it feel like to be with Jesus when he mentioned that “not a stone will be left upon another stone” when the Temple would be destroyed? That’s the thought that sparks my imagination whenever I read today’s Gospel selection (Lk 21:5-11). The disciples listening to Jesus immediately asked: When...

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