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Peace and Good!...

Things have been bustling in the St. Anthony Messenger editorial offices for the past few weeks. No, it’s not the usual panic, getting 60 pages planned, created, finished, and off to the printer. It’s the bustle of Franciscan Editor Patrick McCloskey, OFM, and his new book Peace and Gooda day-by-day meditation book based on early Franciscan sources. It was 8 months in the making at Pat’s end, culling through the enormous Omnibus of Sources, a foundational collection of writings both by St. Francis and  about him in the first 40 years after the saint’s death, in 1226. And now Pat’s book is published, a fantastic experience for any author.

“St. Francis helped a lot of people on their spiritual journeys in his time,” reflects Pat, during a quick conversation in his office, “and continues to help us in our own time.”  That helping was the idea behind the book: a meditation each day with a brief Fr Pat signing booksintroduction helping the reader to understand how this fit into Francis’ life, a quote from Francis’s teachings, a suggestion for applying that teaching to the your life, and a challenge for using the teaching to enhance your own spiritual practice. It was a big project, and it will be fruitful for many years. It’s evergreen, as we say.

We’re giving autographed copies as a Christmas gift to those who have been supporting Franciscan Media with donations. Hence, the bustle. Pat is often seen carrying stacks from place to place, even bringing them along to our editorial meetings. He has a lot of signing to do!

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."