Br. Maximilian Watner, Author at Farmville

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The Word: Of love and revolution

If you search the internet for Lila Rose, you will see immediately that she is a lot of things that a lot of us would ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, February 9, 2024 10:30 am

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The Word: ACTS

Early in 1811 a young Frenchman, Jean Vianney, left his convalescent hospital bed to report to the recruiting office of the Napoleonic Army in Grenoble. ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, January 12, 2024 5:43 pm

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The Word: Godliness with contentment

Christmas 1819 did not shape up to be a very relaxing or celebratory feast day for Sister Philippine Duchesne. She was a plucky French nun ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, December 16, 2023 1:14 pm

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The Word: Is quoting the Bible hate speech?

Back on Friday, Sept. 15, there was a news broadcast covering the story of a woman from Finland who was on trial for “hate speech.” ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, November 17, 2023 5:55 pm

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The Word: The body of Christ

It was a short climb to the mountain village of O’Cebreiro in Spain. I was hiking a 4-week-long pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James, ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, October 20, 2023 6:55 pm

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The Word: Let’s talk about angel guardians

In June 1916, military chaplain Father William Doyle was standing with some of his men in a battle trench when they heard the scream of ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, September 22, 2023 7:31 pm

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The Word: Dying Christ’s death

In November 1640, two Jesuit priests trekked forth from their missionary base in Canada to evangelize a native tribe called the Neutrals in the vast ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, August 26, 2023 10:31 am

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The Word: A heavenly mother?

Pennsylvania native Esther McCabe was the widowed mother of 11 sons who served in the armed forces in WWII. At a war bond promotion in ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Sunday, July 30, 2023 12:16 am

The Word Israel Book of Ruth from one degree of glory

Church & Community

Brother Max: The Food of the Weary

“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me.” In this passage taken from Chapter Four of St. John’s Gospel, we read ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, July 1, 2023 1:05 am

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The Word: Discouragement: To believe a lie

Jans’ proud face crumpled; she put her hands over her eyes and began to cry. “Empty, empty!” she choked at last through her tears. “How ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, May 26, 2023 5:34 pm

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The Word: The theme of Christ’s message

Born without arms or legs in 1982, Australian Nick Vujicic suffered intensely from bullying and a feeling of hopelessness as a child. He was so ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, April 22, 2023 8:45 am

Columns

The Word: Our own eleventh hour

We have all heard of deathbed converts, those lucky people who turn to Christ just before death calls them: from the Good Thief to Oscar ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, March 18, 2023 5:02 pm

The Word Israel Book of Ruth from one degree of glory

Church & Community

Devotional: Let’s talk about the jewel of Lent

In Padua, Italy, in the late 16th century, university students would sometimes wander the streets after dark, and for entertainment, accost strangers and demand their ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, February 10, 2023 1:02 am

Columns

The Word — The true test of mettle

By Jan. 23, 2016, British explorer Henry Worsley had traveled 913 miles on foot across Antarctica. He was attempting the first unsupported, unassisted crossing of ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, January 6, 2023 2:47 pm

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The Word — The sign of the Lord

On a July day, several years ago, I was backpacking through the European countryside. The beauty of the scenery was lost on me though, as ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Sunday, December 4, 2022 9:00 am

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The Word — God’s favorite tool

“There was despair and fear in the soul, misery of every kind in the body, desolation all around. All of us had loved ones dead ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Sunday, October 30, 2022 9:00 am

Columns

The Word — Three Marines

On August 6, 1942, U.S. Marines landed in the Solomon Islands, northeast of Australia. Although, over the course of the next six months, the Allied ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Sunday, September 25, 2022 6:43 am

Columns

The Word — Can You Still Sing?

Little can compare with traditional Irish folk music for down-to-earth, heel-kicking fun. Some friends of mine had discovered it in their search for wholesome music ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, August 19, 2022 10:09 am

Columns

The Word — Not feeling it

A  young lady suffering from the havoc and death of WWII wrote to a friend, “I’m still so remote from God that I don’t even ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, July 16, 2022 6:53 pm

Columns

The Word: We have believed in love

Ten years ago this summer, I was in Econe, Switzerland. It was an idyllically beautiful day. The sun sparkled on the nearby Rhone River, and ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, June 17, 2022 5:37 pm

Columns

The Word — The strangest grateful

Recently I had the opportunity to share a special meal with my spiritual father and some friends at my mother’s house. It was one of ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Saturday, May 21, 2022 6:02 pm

Columns

The Word — A gift from the risen Christ

A  sunny, warm spring day…. Yellow tulips and daffodils…. Easter egg hunts… A basket of jelly beans. As with Christmas, we all have certain memories ... Read more

by Br. Maximilian Watner, Friday, April 22, 2022 12:25 pm