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Journey to Ephesus
Lori Erickson

Home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, this city is also steeped in Christian history.

Joplin, Missouri: One Year Later
Jeannette Cooperman

A tornado-ravaged city is being resurrected with the help of college students from across the country.

A Few Minutes With the Willitses
Interview by Judy Zarick

Reaching out to the 'digital sheep'


The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living

The Catholics Next Door/New Evangelizers web site

A New Look at the Creed
Greg Friedman, OFM

What are we proclaiming at Mass each Sunday?

What's a Parent to Do?
Susan Vogt

Watching your adult child choose a mate and plan a wedding is rife with potential arguments. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


Questions for reflection

Adventures in Tithing
Marilynn Judd

Surprising things happen when God is in charge.

The Many Lives of Chris Padgett
Christopher Heffron

Husband, father, convert, musician and youth minister, this Renaissance man is a rising figure in the Catholic world.


Chris Padgett on Mary, the Mother of God

Chris Padgett's website

to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition

James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

Spiritual Resilience

First Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family to bless the Advent wreath and light one purple candle.

Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and

May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

St. Andrew Dung-Lac
Our common faith is our greatest treasure. Join Vietnamese Catholics around the world in honoring this 19th-century martyr.

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