St. Anthony Messenger
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December 2015
Ask a Franciscan
PHOTO BY EUGENE PLAISTED, OSC Why Break Off a Piece of the Host?
At Mass, why does the priest break off a tiny piece of the host and drop it into the chalice right before distributing Communion?
What Does Being ‘Born Again’ Mean?
The term born again seems to be a very popular one among my Christian friends, but when I ask one of them to explain it, I do not get a very clear answer. I suspect this term can easily be misused or misinterpreted. How does the Catholic Church understand it?

Also, Jesus says to Nicodemus, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born again of water and the Spirit” (Jn 3:5). Does the term water refer here to the Sacrament of Baptism?

Praying for a ‘Happy Death'
Is it all right to ask God to give someone a happy death? Early this year, we knew that an older gentleman in a nursing home would not get any better. His daughter would bring him to Sunday services. He looked just terrible. A couple days later, we got the call that he had died.
Feast of the Precious Blood
This feast was in the missal when I was in grade school but is no longer there. What happened?
Works of Mercy?
Where are the corporal and spiritual works of mercy found in the Bible?
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