St. Anthony Messenger

September 2017

10 Things to Know about Islam

The Muslim religion is mistrusted by some and misunderstood by many. Here are 10 of Islam’s most fundamental beliefs.

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Dorothy Day: Model of Mercy

Dorothy Day has been called many things. After her death in 1980, David O’Brien, writing in Commonweal, called her “the most important, interesting, and influential figure in the history of American Catholicism. “

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Handling Post-Abortion Guilt

I have had two abortions. My friend at work told me that the Catholic faith can help me with the massive guilt that I feel. Please tell me how.

Thanks for writing. You are not alone in realizing that an abortion has lingering psychological effects for many people — mostly women but also for men. God gives life to born and unborn humans.

The best-known Catholic group offering help to people in your situation may be Project Rachel, founded in 1984 by Vickie Thorn, a Milwaukee wife and mother who reached out to a friend who had an abortion.

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The Seven Sorrows of Mary

We can turn to Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, for consolation in our suffering.

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Blessed Stanley Rother

History is being made in Oklahoma City this September 23. At 10 a.m. on that Saturday, thousands will fill the city’s Cox Convention Center to witness and celebrate the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother. This is only the second beatification to take place on American soil. Father Rother, the first recognized American martyr, is also the first beatified American-born man. He was martyred in 1981, speaking up for the dignity of peasant farmers in the village of Santiago Atitil√°n, during Guatemala’s bloody civil war.

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All In with Harry Connick Jr.

He’s known to millions for his music, acting, and now as host of a nationally syndicated daytime variety-chat television show simply called Harry. St. Anthony Messenger interviewed the star this past February at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Joseph “Harry ” Fowler Connick Jr. is named for his father, nicknamed Harry, but who was named for St. Joseph. Connick Jr. speaks with a soft accent and a conversational style.

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