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Between the Lines with Nicholas Sparks
Susan Hines-Brigger

Beneath the best-selling books lies a deep and lifelong faith.

WEB+ Trailer for the movie Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks' web page
Nicholas Sparks Foundation

Getting to Know Joel
Theresa Doyle-Nelson

Every Ash Wednesday this Old Testament prophet sets the tone for Lent.

WEB+ More information on the prophet Joel
Jesus' Command: 'Give Them Some Food'
Text and Photos by John Feister

A firsthand look at CRS' work in Africa

WEB+ Interactive map of CRS projects
CRS warehouse in Burkina Faso
Sesame oil
Lessons From Rosa
Colleen Shaddox

One of my greatest teachers is the dog at my feet.

WEB+ Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?
Why We Bless Animals
Pet Blessings Around the US
Mind Your 'P's
Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

Presence, Praise, Process, Penance, and Promise: St. Ignatius’ Examen provides spiritual exercise for the soul.

WEB+ More information on the Examen





to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Hugh of Grenoble: Today’s saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the world that we don’t know where to begin. 
<p>Hugh, who served as a bishop in France for 52 years, had his work cut out for him from the start. Corruption seemed to loom in every direction: the buying and selling of Church offices, violations of clerical celibacy, lay control of Church property, religious indifference and/or ignorance. After serving as bishop for two years, he’d had his fill. He tried disappearing to a monastery, but the pope called him back to continue the work of reform. </p><p>Ironically, Hugh was reasonably effective in the role of reformer—surely because of his devotion to the Church but also because of his strong character. In conflicts between Church and state he was an unflinching defender of the Church. He fearlessly supported the papacy. He was eloquent as a preacher. He restored his own cathedral, made civic improvements in the town and weathered a brief exile. </p><p>Hugh may be best known as patron and benefactor of St. Bruno, founder of the Carthusian Order. </p><p>Hugh died in 1132. He was canonized only two years later.</p> American Catholic Blog In our lives, Lord, you make wondrous things happen that deeply impress us; then as time passes, we forget. Father, deepen my faith in you and my trust in your love and care for me, so I may be strong when difficult times occur that will test my love and loyalty to you. I ask for this grace in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Wednesday of Holy Week
Today keep in prayer all the priests and ministers throughout the world who will preside at Holy Week services.

Tuesday of Holy Week
While Lent has a penitential character, it is also a time for reflecting on the baptismal commitment we make as Christians.

Monday of Holy Week
Holy Week reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our salvation. Take time for prayer at home and at church.

Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.

Praying for You
As they grow closer to the Easter sacraments, your parish’s RCIA candidates count on your prayers.


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