St. Anthony Messenger

September 2020

Dear Reader: Thank You, Dr. Patterson

As editors, we’re fortunate to work with a collective of talented writers, photographers, copy editors, and artists. Without their contributions, we wouldn’t have a magazine.

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Catholics and Gun Control

Tension surrounds the issue of gun control. Taking a look at what the Bible says and understanding Jesus’ message of nonviolence can provide guidance.

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Embracing Our Imperfections

Last year, I got a sweater from my wife as a birthday gift. It’s a simple grey sweater made of a linen blend, and I immediately fell in love with it. When it got cold, it became my go-to sweater to ride out the bitter Chicago winter.

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Andrea Bocelli on Music and Miracles

For most Catholics, the story of Fatima is a familiar one. Beginning in May 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal. The visions culminated in the “miracle of the sun ” in October of that year. The appearances of the mother of Jesus, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima, were deemed “worthy of belief ” in 1930 by the bishop of Leiria-Fatima.

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COVID-19 Can Lead Us to a Better World

My good friend and former pastor Father Tom Lynch would often say, “Life turns on a dime. ” He was generally saying this in reference to Matthew 24:42: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. ” Father Tom talked about how your life could be humming along, most things going smoothly, when something happens—a death, illness, loss of job, anything—and your life is turned upside down.We have all experienced positive and negative events that have changed us.

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Be Pro-Life. Wear a Mask.

When the majority of people hear the term pro-life, they immediately equate it with the issue of abortion—full stop. The reality, though, is that the pro-life issue is much broader than that. Saints, popes, and the US bishops have all addressed the issue and said so.

These days, as we face down the challenges of COVID-19, we have to adjust our way of thinking and living. What being pro-life looks like right now is taking precautions to protect those who are most vulnerable. And one of the easiest ways to do that is by wearing a mask.

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