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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

Our Lady of the Rosary: St. Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716. 
<p>The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus' life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as "the apostle of the rosary." He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.</p> American Catholic Blog Just as God, in his loving providence, nourishes and sustains our bodies with food, so does he nourish and sustain our souls in the sacraments, the spiritual nutrition that animates, heals, and strengthens us during our sojourn in this earthly life. Receiving the sacraments often will help you live out the faith and keep you on the road to heaven.

Spiritual Resilience

Our Lady of the Rosary
In this month of the holy rosary, remind family and friends to pray daily for themselves and for others.

Happy Birthday
Your best wishes for their special day can be chosen, sent and received within a matter of minutes!

St. Faustina Kowalska
This 20th-century Polish nun encouraged devotion to God’s Divine Mercy.

Respect Life Sunday
Catholic Greetings and encourage you to support local and national efforts to protect and defend human life from conception to natural death.

St. Theodora
Though she was born in France, we honor Mother Theodore Guerin as an American saint.

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