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Jesus' Mighty Deeds
John R. Barker, OFM

Mark’s Gospel reveals deeper meaning behind Jesus' miracles.

Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace
Pat McCloskey, OFM

Pope Benedict XVI hosted a big gathering in Assisi last October—for interfaith leaders.

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Pope Benedict XVI's address to participants

Vatican coverage of the event

A Rock Critic Talks Faith
James Breig

A love of music and a passion for the Catholic faith are intertwined for Rob Sheffield, longtime writer for Rolling Stone.

Welcoming the Stranger
Richard J. McCorry, D.Min.

A culture of hospitality helps parishes grow and thrive.

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Read the document "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity"

Dr. McCorry's website

Angel of the Amazon
Tina Neyer

A new American opera sings the praises of Sister Dorothy Stang.

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The opera's website and Facebook  page

The Dayton International Peace Museum’s exhibit on Sister Dorothy

A trailer of the opera

Comfort in Care at Life's End
Dorothy Callahan

At the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, dying patients and their families find peace and dignity.

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More information about the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Hospice

Read an excerpt from Julia Quinlan’s book My Joy, My Sorrow: Karen Ann’s Mother Remembers

Meditations on a Wood Floor
Charity Vogel

Old wooden floorboards have saved my sanity more than a few times. In the right light, they’re practically a cloister walk.






to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.

St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.


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