St. Anthony Messenger

February 2022

Dear Reader: All Are Welcome

Few stories in our country’s recent history rattle me quite like the murder of Emmett Till. A 14-year-old Black Chicagoan visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955, Till was ripped from his bed in the middle of the night, tortured, and killed for allegedly whistling at a White woman. Some historians cite his murder as the spark that ignited the civil rights movement. His mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley, agreed, once calling Emmett “the sacrificial lamb of the movement. “

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Let Us Pray: Live in Me, Love in Me, Act in Me

Etched on the back of my mother’s headstone are three simple prayers: “Lord, live in me, love in me, and act in me. ”

Adapted from Clarence Enzler’s Everyone’s Way of the Cross, these prayers not only perfectly describe my mother’s life, which ended suddenly in February 2021, but also echo a ritual she loved during Lent: the Stations of the Cross.

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Helping Children Face Racism

Racism will never be eradicated. But guiding future generations to face it with courage and steadfastness will make the world a more just and loving place.

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Turning 30? No Worries!

In a youth-obsessed culture, 30 might seem practically over-the-hill. But this decade can be a time of growth, satisfaction, and renewed faith.

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Hidden Blessings of COVID-19

“All manner of things shall be well. ” Julian of Norwich’s words and the example of the hermit saints can help us embrace solitude as an opportunity to grow closer to God.

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Reel Time with Sister Rose

Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, reviews “West Side Story, ” “Being the Ricardos, ” and “The Unforgivable ” in our February issue!

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