St. Anthony Messenger

April 2021

Dear Reader: Thank You, Maureen

Three years ago, Franciscan Media offered a seven-day blog and video series on the Virgin Mary. I was tasked with finding a writer. I needed a voice that was authoritative but warm—and quickly. No easy mission! In the 11th hour, a colleague suggested that a good friend of his, Maureen O’Brien, might fit the bill. We engaged her, and she agreed.

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A Renaissance Friar

He’s built skyscrapers, fought fires, and led the nation’s largest Franciscan province. But what Father John O’Connor most treasures is his ministry as a parish priest.

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Let Us Pray: Resurrection Song

As Pope Francis wrote, “The Spirit of God has filled the universe with possibilities, and, therefore, from the very heart of things, something new can always emerge. ” Maybe the Resurrection signifies the willingness to give something new a chance.

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The Sorrowful Mystery of Racism

Praying the rosary to find strength and support is common. This man prays the rosary for an end to racism.

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Everyday Miracles: An Easter Meditation

As we prepare to celebrate Easter, this author reminds us that miracles are all around us.

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Welcome Back, America: Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement

When we focus on only the present moment, we’re losing sight of tomorrow. Rejoining the Paris Agreement is one step in the right direction.

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