Welcome the Outsider

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

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

Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

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

Pope Francis Reflects on His African Visit

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