Articles & Media

A look at Lent with Friar Jim

A Friar Reflects on the Hope of Lent

Lent is a time to take stock of our lives and show God that we are grateful for the gift of faith. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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

Six Lenten Pitfalls

By focusing too much on Lent, we can lose sight of Easter’s true meaning. By Patricia M. Robertson

Guest Author

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God is the remedy to our broken hearts.

Our Worst Can Be the Best We Give to God

Sometimes our wounded hearts are the only things we can offer. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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The beautiful coast of Ireland

Liam Lawton on Saint Patrick

This Irish priest and musical celebrity explores the saint’s amazing journey. By John Feister

John Feister

St. Anthony Messenger

A look into Celtic spirituality

An Irish Journey Into Celtic Spirituality

My trip to Ireland unearthed treasures about Saint Patrick and my Irish heritage. By Susan Hines-Brigger

Susan Hines-Brigger

St. Anthony Messenger

The grace of giving

The Grace of Giving

God’s love is present in simple acts of charity and kindness. By Barbara Hughes

Guest Author

St. Anthony Messenger

The Face of Jesus

The Face of Jesus

We are all sinners. But with Jesus, we need never be afraid. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Never lose your joy!

The Holiness of Happiness

We’re overworked and overstressed. Sister Anne Bryan Smollin shows us how laughter can boost our spirits. By Christopher Heffron

Christopher Heffron

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Lent in a New Light

Lent in a New Light

The lens of mercy helps us to see the season in a fresh way. By Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Guest Author

St. Anthony Messenger

Following Christ with Small Steps

Following Christ with Small Steps

Sometimes beautiful deeds done for God are hidden within terribly ordinary tasks. By Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey

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Saint Francis and prayer

Saint Francis’ Style of Prayer

Saint Francis saw prayer not as a matter of "fleeing the world" but as a way of discovering God in the world and in our lives. By Ilia Delio, OSF

Guest Author

St. Anthony Messenger

Welcome, Lent!

Welcome, Lent

Each year the season returns, like an old friend, to comfort and challenge us. By Amy Ekeh

Guest Author

St. Anthony Messenger

Young Catholics: What Are They Looking For?

What Millennials Want

Tapping the potential of the ‘me generation’ can energize the Church. By Jessica Zimanske

Jessica Zimanske

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Ash Wednesday: Wearing Our Faith on Our Foreheads

Ash Wednesday: Wearing Our Faith on Our Foreheads

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics. By Susan Hines-Brigger

Susan Hines-Brigger

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Lent and Meditation

Lent and Meditation

You are in solitude when you meditate—but you are never less alone. By Laurence Freeman, OSB

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The Hope of Lent

Lent and the Power of Forgiveness

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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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

Sister Rose Pacatte

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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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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

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