St. Anthony Messenger

October 2013

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CONTENTS ST. ANTHONY ❘ OCTOBER 2013 ❘ VOLUME 121/NUMBER 5 Messenger ON THE COVER SPECIAL SECTION 29 THE SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCIS He was a nature lover, a people lover, a God lover who saw in all things the image of our Creator. St. Francis of Assisi, to this day, is the most popular of saints. 30 7 Key Moments in the Life of St. Francis These events in Francis' life brought him closer to Christ. By Jack Wintz, OFM Illustration by Chris Koehler 36 The Ultimate Disciple In poverty, he found the greatest of riches. By Murray Bodo, OFM D E PA R T M E N T S 40 Pope Francis: Why the Name Fits 2 Dear Reader This first Jesuit pope chose the name Francis. His actions are telling us why. By Pat McCloskey, OFM 3 From Our Readers 6 Followers of St. Francis Father Jerry Bleem, OFM 8 Reel Time Grace Unplugged 40 Extra Virgin F E AT U R E S 12 Church in the News 16 St. Thérèse: My Spiritual Companion 20 Editorial Women Leaders in the Church What I thought was a brief walk with this beloved saint turned into a lifelong journey of love and admiration. By Heather King 22 A Portrait of Sister Wendy Beckett 10 Channel Surfing 44 Year of Faith Our Gaze Fixed on Jesus 46 Living Simply 16 This hermit has charmed TV audiences worldwide with her art commentary. Now, she shares her own story. By Alicia von Stamwitz 54 Ask a Franciscan Monks, Friars, Brothers 56 Book Corner Discernment 58 A Catholic Mom Speaks 50 Fiction: Rescue Work How I Pray Family can heal a broken heart. By Kathleen O'Connor 60 Backstory 22

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