St. Anthony Messenger magazine
St. Anthony Messenger

May 2017 Issue

Honoring Mary in Your Garden

May 11, 2020 St. Anthony Messenger
During the Middle Ages, the faithful saw reminders of Mary, the Mother of God, in the flowers and herbs growing around them. Violets were symbols of her humility, lilies her purity and roses her glory.

Psalm 22: ‘My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?’

May 10, 2020 St. Anthony Messenger
Each year during Holy Week we Christians stand once again near the cross and hear Jesus’ cry anew. Unlike those described in the Gospel, though, we know exactly what he said and we recognize it as the opening verse of Psalm 22.

St. Christopher: Fact or Fiction?

May 9, 2020 St. Anthony Messenger
St. Christopher—patron of travelers, protector against toothaches, hailstorms, and sudden death—is one of the most endearing for Catholics. His life and story, bordering somewhere between legend and legitimacy, is a faith-affirming exercise in service, grace, and love.

Why Pray to Mary and the Saints?

Apr 24, 2017 Ask a Franciscan
Why do Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to various saints? Is there anything in the Bible to back this up? Can’t this be considered idol worship? Why not pray directly to God?

The Third Secret of Fátima

Apr 24, 2017 St. Anthony Messenger
Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fátima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia.

Baseball’s Ed Lucas

Apr 24, 2017
The 1950s-era New York dailies, masters of hyperbole when it came to viewing their sports heroes through the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately lens of hero or goat, called it “the shot heard ’round the world.” 

Life Lessons along the Appalachian Trail

Apr 24, 2017
For some, it’s the call of adventure or the challenge of reaching a goal. For me, it’s the power of sacramentality that washes over me and refines itself with each spirit-testing trip.