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The Shack movie

The Shack: Christian Film with a Catholic Touch

This religious book sold a whopping 20-plus million copies. Now it has been made into a major motion picture starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. By Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP

pathways to god in everyday life

Pathways to God in Everyday Life

People who had ordinary encounters with Jesus in the Gospels can aid our daily journey as disciples. Catherine Looker, SSJ

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St. Anthony Messenger

God Is Love

Letting God Love Us

Saint Irenaeus was right when he wrote, “God’s glory is the human person fully alive!” By Jack Wintz, OFM

Jack Wintz, OFM

Franciscan E-spirations

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

Forgiving ourselves is sometimes the greatest challenge. By Richard B. Patterson, PhD

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St. Anthony Messenger

Assisi, Italy

Friar Alessandro’s Joyful Voice

This humble friar from Assisi has become a worldwide singing sensation. By Murray Bodo, OFM

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St. Anthony Messenger

belonging to god

Belonging to God

God speaks through all creation. Our challenge is to learn how to listen—and to respond with a resounding “Yes.” By Brother David Steindl-Rast

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St. Anthony Messenger

Care across Generations

Care across Generations

This center brings together toddlers, seniors, and people with disabilities in the Franciscan spirit. By Colleen Jurkiewicz

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St. Anthony Messenger

prayer: our deepest longing

7 Easy Tips for Personal Prayer

How do we move beyond our busyness and listen to God’s voice? By Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

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St. Anthony Messenger

California Missions

Saint Junípero Serra’s Camino

Pilgrimages may seem out of reach. California’s 21 missions bring this holy journey close to home. By Stephen J. Binz

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St. Anthony Messenger

Franciscan Friars

Franciscan Statement on the Immigration Ban

The Franciscan Friars of the United States respond to President Donald J. Trump's executive order on immigration. By Friar Tom Washburn, OFM

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Franciscan Media

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Parable of New Beginnings

Prodigal son, forgiving father, resentful brother: there is something here for each of us. By Megan McKenna

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St. Anthony Messenger

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A Closer Look at the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Saint Francis' Peace Prayer is needed now more than ever. By Jack Wintz, OFM

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St. Anthony Messenger

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A New Take on Catholic Schools Week

These Iowa students bring fresh energy to this annual event. By Sue Stanton

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St. Anthony Messenger

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis: Why He’s the Patron of Ecology

The saint who composed the Canticle of the Creatures can teach us about caring for creation. By Jack Wintz, OFM

Jack Wintz, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

Saint Paul at the Vatican

‘Sincerely Yours, Paul’

Saint Paul’s letters to two coworkers and a friend have helped countless Christians over the centuries. By Theresa Doyle-Nelson

Theresa Doyle-Nelson

St. Anthony Messenger

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Prayer on the Way

Pilgrimages pull us out of our comfort zones and into worlds that are thrilling, faith-affirming, and deeply holy. By Barbara Beckwith

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St. Anthony Messenger

a prodigal daughter returns

A Prodigal Daughter Returns

After years away from the Church, this woman came home again. By Judith Costello, MA

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St. Anthony Messenger

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7 Key Moments in the Life of Saint Francis

These events in Saint Francis’ life brought him closer to Christ. By Jack Wintz, OFM

Jack Wintz, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

Basilica of Saint Francis

Celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi lived a life of prayer, service, and total abandon to God. Even today, he encourages us to do the same.

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Franciscan Media

Two hands reach out from the U.S. side of the border fence to shake the hand of a person on the Mexican side Oct. 8 during immigration rallies in Nogales, Ariz., and in Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora. Activists held protests on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border against what they say is an increasing militarization of the border. They called for an end to the separation of immigrant families and U.S. policies that make it hard for those fleeing violence in their home countries to enter the United States. (CNS photo/Jim West)

Faith without Borders

These volunteers put a human face on the immigration debate. Their simple goal: to end death and suffering by bringing food and water into the Arizona desert. By Daniel Wilson

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St. Anthony Messenger

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Praying Always

In my spiritual journey, I find God in all things. By Laura Britto

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St. Anthony Messenger

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

At times, prayer can feel like playing hide-and-seek. So how do we find God? By Joe McHugh

Joe McHugh

St. Anthony Messenger

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured in an undated file photo. The nation honors the legacy of the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate with a national holiday, observed Jan. 18 this year. (CNS file photo)

Dr. King’s ‘Dream’ for America

Is it a dream realized? By Christopher Heffron

Christopher Heffron

St. Anthony Messenger

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Saint Francis and His Artisans of Peace

Peace is not found; with God’s help, it is built. Saint Francis of Assisi can show us the way. By Pat McCloskey, OFM

Pat McCloskey, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

Virgin Mary, Jesus' greatest disciple

Mary, the First Disciple

Considering how important Mary is in Christian history, the New Testament says little about her. What it does say, though, speaks volumes. By Father Raymond E. Brown

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St. Anthony Messenger