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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




Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Bring candy and flowers but send an e-card.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Celebrate our Blessed Mother who never tires of interceding on our behalf.

Ash Wednesday
Throughout these 40 days we allow our pride to fade into humility as together we ask for forgiveness.

Mardi Gras
Promise this Lent to do one thing to become more aware of God in yourself and in others.

St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.


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