Every time Pope Francis speaks, the papers are filled with sensational headlines; he does not emphasize many of the popular, hot issues like abortion and homosexuality, issues which often simply serve to divide voters into an us and them mentality. When did these issues become the only issue that concerns the Church? Yet when the…… Continue reading The Negative Reactions to Pope Francis
Pope Francis is like a canary in the coal mine, identifying toxic trends in our society, then, offering hope as he suggests Christian solutions to family issues. The expression “a canary in the coal mine” refers to caged canaries miners would bring with them into mine tunnels. These birds were used in Britain right up until…… Continue reading Pope Francis: A Canary in a Coal Mine
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget the Good News, the Gospel of Christ. Oh yes, we keep trudging to Mass, trying to pray, maybe reading a few lines of a spiritual book before we nod off but we lose sight of the real goal of the Christian life. Holiness I…… Continue reading A Feminine Style of Holiness
The attitude of each and every parishioner affects the atmosphere of each individual parish. It is not just the priest who sets the tone. Granted, it takes a concerted effort to reach out to strangers in our midst at Mass. It is so easy to retreat into our own private prayers and ignore outsiders. However,…… Continue reading Welcome the Outsider
Pope Francis is like a canary in the coal mine, identifying toxic trends in our society, then, offering hope as he suggests Christian solutions to current issues. The expression, a canary in the coal mine, is a saying which refers to caged canaries miners would bring with them into mine tunnels. These birds were used…… Continue reading Pope Francis Is Like A Canary in the Coal Mine
“How I would love a Church which is poor and for the poor.” – Pope Francis Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades. Ironically, conservative American Catholics are outraged when they hear Pope Francis criticize individualism and unbridled consumerism. They feel threatened…… Continue reading Pope Francis Challenges Us to Live The Joy of the Gospel
On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics…… Continue reading Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth
Stand in Prayer With Open, Empty Hands
As I read the pope’s opening words of praise for Africa, a scene from the colourful mass at Nairobi University, Kenya, flashed through my mind. Despite the cold, rain and mud, the faithful sang with gusto, often ululated a high pitched trilling sound as if they could hardly contain their joy. They swayed to the…… Continue reading Pope Francis Reflects on His African Visit
What we are asked, however, is to heal immediately the wounds we cause, to reweave the threads that we break in the family
Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional Catholic Social Teaching with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades. Ironically, conservative American Catholics are outraged when they hear Pope Francis criticize individualism and unbridled consumerism
“God always wants to build bridges; we are the ones that build walls! And walls collapse, always.”
“The Internet…is something truly good, a gift from God.” Pope Francis The pope speaks out loudly and clearly, without compromise on a variety of topics such as: true charity, women, part-time Christians, the internet as a gift from God, prayer, each child is a gift, a Church which is bruised, Peter denies Christ, climate change,…… Continue reading WOW Words from Pope Francis
Pope Francis is capturing the media’s attention with his visit to Cuba and the United States this week. So, a young woman currently working as a journalist in New York City, who is part of Columbia University’s M.S. program, interviewed me over the phone on Monday about Pope Francis’ announcement regarding abortion forgiveness for women. My…… Continue reading Do You Agree With Abortion Forgiveness?
“Take note: if the Church is alive, she must always surprise.
It is incumbent upon the living Church to astound.”
“Faith is passed by contact, from one person to another, just as a candle is lighted from another.” This quote and image illustrate the Holy Saturday Vigil. The church is dark. A bonfire, made from last years blessed palms, blazes outside. A priest lights the Pascal candle from this fire. He chants three times- once at…… Continue reading Focusing on Pope Francis: Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2
“No one is excluded from life’s hope, from God’s love.”Pope Francis
It seems to me that Pope Francis was appointed by God to remind the Church to come back to the basics, to our foundation in Christ. The pope desires to bring us into a balance in our spiritual life.
Prayer must be rooted in love. For his 100th general audience,Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by considering family prayer. In his opening statements, the pope pointed out that most people find it difficult to find time to pray. Pope Francis teaches that love of God, not guilt will inspire us to pray.…… Continue reading Pope Francis: Family Prayer
On June 10th, the Pope’s Wednesday general audience continued his catecheses on the family, focusing on the theme of sickness and suffering. Man experiences his own fragility primarily in the family, first as a child and, then, as an elderly person. While family sickness presents obvious challenges, it can also be a source of quiet…… Continue reading Weakness and Suffering: The School of Life For Our Children