Author Archives: Melicia Antonio

About Melicia Antonio

Melicia Antonio is a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi. She studies theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

“Remade in his image”

There is a scene from the film “The Passion of the Christ” that often comes back to my memory during Holy Week: Mary, seeing Jesus crushed under the weight of the cross, hastens to comfort him, and he turns to … Continue reading

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A work before dying

Hidden in a niche in Rome’s Basilica of Saint Sebastian is a little-known Bernini treasure: his “Salvator Mundi,” or Saviour of the World. I rather happened upon it by accident, popping into a cool church to find relief after a … Continue reading

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Charism and Founder, PART FOUR: The Founder

If a stranger had to walk into the Centro de Formación of Monterrey, where I have lived for the past five years, and guess what religious order it belonged to, he might have a hard time. I say “might”, because … Continue reading

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Charism and Founder, PART THREE: CHARISM

Downtown San Diego, California, the early 1990’s. Sister Jean handed me another stack of envelopes. I happily stuck the stamps onto them and passed them to another volunteer who was filling them with brochures of St. Paul’s bookstore’s latest merchandise. … Continue reading

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Charism and founder, Part 2: Grace

There is something about grace that makes it strangely un-American. In our egalitarian, self-governing society, built on the shoulders of hard-working individuals and “justice for all”, there’s something creepy about receiving free and unearned gifts from an omnipotent being who … Continue reading

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Charism and founder Part 1: The paradox

“A paradox is not a conflict within reality. It is a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality should be like.” — Richard Feynman It’s not easy finding people who like reading the works of American fiction writer … Continue reading

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A prayer for peace

When I tell my fellow Americans that I live in Monterrey, Mexico, their first question is often, “And are things okay there?” The drug-related violence in Monterrey and in the state of Nuevo León has been escalating in recent years, … Continue reading

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In search of endless fun

I was stunned and unbelieving the first time I saw it in Kentucky: twenty cars on a Friday night slowly circling around a McDonald’s restaurant.  At first I thought McDonald’s must have beendoing good business with their new Chicken something, … Continue reading

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Caravaggio, painter of light

Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio, 1606 This past week, I attended a series of lectures on the life and art of Caravaggio, given by Dr. Francesco Buranelli, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. If Caravaggio’s … Continue reading

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A victim who helped me to forgive

Last year was tough for the Movement.  I can hardly believe that only two and a half years have passed since we first received the news about Fr. Maciel. So much has happened in such a short time: so many … Continue reading

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