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Feast of Thanks
Kathy Coffey

This Thanksgiving, settle down, sit back, and soak in the essence of faith and family.

WEB+ Thanksgiving seasonal feature
On Pilgrimage with Dorothy Day
Illustrations by Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

A personal journey of conversion paralleled this social activist’s public journey for justice. We tell of both.

WEB+ Learn more about Dorothy Day, the Catholic Worker Movement, and artist Michael O'Neill McGrath.
A Life of Heroic Love
Brian Jordan, OFM

St. Maximilian Kolbe died in Auschwitz, but his influence is still felt as far as Nagasaki, Japan.

WEB+ Information on St. Maximilian Kolbe and the movie The Labyrinth.
Shaping a New Future in Egypt
Meghan and Jonathan Millea

Salesian sisters help Muslim and Christian students contribute to their changing country.

WEB+ Information on the Salesian Sisters as well as the Middle East
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Connie Beckman

Out of tragedy come unexpected blessings.

WEB+ Resources on grieving





to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Gregory the Great: Coming events cast their shadows before: Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome. 
<p>Ordained a priest, he became one of the pope's seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, and at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. </p><p>He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy, for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of "Gregorian" chant is disputed. </p><p>Gregory lived in a time of perpetual strife with invading Lombards and difficult relations with the East. When Rome itself was under attack, he interviewed the Lombard king. </p><p>An Anglican historian has written: "It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the Middle Ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great." </p><p>His book, <i>Pastoral Care</i>, on the duties and qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily gospel to the needs of his listeners. Called "the Great," Gregory has been given a place with Augustine (August 28), Ambrose (December 7) and Jerome (September 30)as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church.</p> American Catholic Blog Loving trust and total surrender made Our Lady say yes to the message of the angel, and cheerfulness made her run in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. So much in our lives, too, is saying yes to Jesus, and running haste to serve him in the poorest of the poor.  –Mother Theresa

Stumble Virtue Vice and the Space Between

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Holy Eucharist
In the Mass, we meet the Risen Christ who is really and truly present in that Sacred host.

Back to School
We ask God to bless their school year with friendships, wisdom and peace.

Sympathy
Find the sentiment you want to express for any occasion at CatholicGreetings.org.

Birthday
Every day is somebody’s birthday and a good reason to celebrate!

Mary's Flower - Lily of the Valley

Show your devotion to Mary by sending an e-card in her honor.




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