Pope Francis & St. Francis

If you’re a longtime subscriber to St. Anthony Messenger, you’ll know that, every once in a while, we introduce a new, regular column into this magazine. Sure, we’ve got our permanent, very popular columns (departments), such as “Followers of St. Francis,” “Ask a Franciscan,” “Reel Time,”...

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...

Stepping Beyond the Birdbath

Have you ever gone to an event and had a sense that you were watching something that would be more than that event? I had the opportunity to attend a packed seminar on Franciscan mysticism in 2012 presented by Father Richard Rohr, OFM. And my wife and I found that Father Richard was able to reveal and unpack...

Prayer Warrior

On August 27 we celebrate the feast day of St. Monica. I can identify with her because she’s a mom who obviously cared about the eternal souls of those people around her whom she loved. She spent her entire life praying for others and it paid off. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than knowing that your...

Bringing Francis to the Here and Now

This past June, I made a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, a pilgrimage administered by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs and sponsored by the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist. Over my years here, I knew this opportunity was available and wanted to participate, but the claims of young children and...

Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

For more Saint of the Day, click here. The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His...

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