Let Go Of Fear: Pope Francis on Mercy

Mercy is at the crux of both the Gospels and the teaching of the Church.  Pope Francis challenged Christians to let go of fear to embrace the most desperate in our society just as Christ did. Christians do not have a choice; we must exercise mercy because we have been shown mercy. “God has sent…… Continue reading Let Go Of Fear: Pope Francis on Mercy

Pope Francis on Sickness and Suffering

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 strength and…… Continue reading Pope Francis on Sickness and Suffering

Pope Francis: Reflections on the Life of the Family

On May 13th, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by reflecting on three phrases: “May I?”, “Thank you”, and “Pardon me”. These simple phrases are difficult to put into practice but “when they are ignored, their absence can cause cracks in the foundation of the family, which can lead to its collapse. If…… Continue reading Pope Francis: Reflections on the Life of the Family

Pope Francis: On Man and Woman

“God has entrusted the earth to the alliance of man and of woman: its failure makes the world arid of affections and darkens the sky of hope.” Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family on Wednesday in his general audience by explaining the central aspect of the family:” that of the great gift that…… Continue reading Pope Francis: On Man and Woman

Pope Francis Catecheses on the Family: Pray!

 On  Wednesday, March 25, in the Church the Annunciation,  Pope Francis celebrated the Incarnation as Archangel Gabriel visited the humble Maiden of Nazareth and  announced she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God.  The pope incorporated this feast day into his Wednesday address as he continued his course of catechesis on the family…… Continue reading Pope Francis Catecheses on the Family: Pray!

Pope Francis: The Importance of Fathers

On February 04, 2015, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family, reflecting on the role of fathers.This week, the pope focuses on the positive roles and qualities of effective fathers. He discusses three great Biblical fathers to illuminate qualities of a good father: the parable of the Prodigal Son, the figure of God “Our Father,” and…… Continue reading Pope Francis: The Importance of Fathers

In Defense of Pope Francis

Why does Pope Francis upset many traditional Catholics? Every time Pope Francis speaks, the papers are filled with sensational headlines.  Many have gone as far as labeling him a heretic or at worst the antipope. Apparently, some Catholics also label the Second Vatican Council “heretical”, after which the church became illegitimate. But why such a strong,…… Continue reading In Defense of Pope Francis

Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?

Theology Degrees contacted me, wondering if I would share their latest infographic entitled “Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?”  The information  on this infographic is a concise history of Pope Francis, where he came from, what he believes and how he fits into both the history of the Church and modern Catholicism. it is an invaluable aide to…… Continue reading Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?

Ezekiel’s Bones and The Church

Pope Francis continued his teaching series on the Church, explaining how the Body of Christ is a visible expression of the very life of God. Referring to a passage in Ezekiel, he warned that the mission of this vital, mystical entity is often derailed by the sins of its members. The pope reminded the faithful…… Continue reading Ezekiel’s Bones and The Church

Be Merciful not Fearful

Pope Francis continued his catechises on the Church as mother during this Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Sept.10. Throughout the entire address, the pope constantly reiterated that the concept of mercy is at the crux of both the Gospels and the teaching of the Church. He also challenged Christians to let go of fear…… Continue reading Be Merciful not Fearful

Respectable or Faithful?

Faithfulness to God was never equated with respectability in sacred scripture. Just look at those biblical characters who we raise up as examples of faith today. In their own time, these paragons, who obeyed God in their personal lives, were considered quacks and for good reason. What would you think about a fellow like Noah…… Continue reading Respectable or Faithful?

My First Article on Catholic 365- God Reveals: We Respond

As Christians, our lives revolve around God and not the other way around. Decades ago, I ranted and raved at the efficient, organized people who tried to carry out their own personal agendas within the Catholic Church. Yet I lacked the words to connect with these proactive Catholics who dismissed me as some sort of…… Continue reading My First Article on Catholic 365- God Reveals: We Respond

Pope Francis Inspires

Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason. We must restore hope to young…… Continue reading Pope Francis Inspires

Pope Francis: How Do We Live Out the Eucharist?

As faithful Catholics, how exactly are we living out the Eucharist  both during the Mass itself and after it is over? This is the basic question posed by Pope Francis during the second part of his teaching on the Eucharist . In the first teaching, the pope reminded us about our real communion with Jesus and his…… Continue reading Pope Francis: How Do We Live Out the Eucharist?

Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

I am appalled by commentators and writers who quickly denounce Pope Francis, often misinterpreting or twisting the meaning of his comments by taking them out of context. These critics are acting like the‘ the accuser of our brethren… which accused them before our God day and night’. [Revelation 12:7-12] They seem poised, ready to pounce on any hint of his…… Continue reading Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

POINTING OUT SIN and CONDEMNING

Usually I have the good sense to ignore self-righteous bad mouthing in comments but I slipped during the last couple of weeks.  Actually  I made some darn good points and clarified my believes during the exchanges , not that anyone was convinced.  In that sense, it was a complete  exercise in futility. After writing an article…… Continue reading POINTING OUT SIN and CONDEMNING

Pope Francis, “They Think I Said WHAT!”

  I wrote an article for CatholicLane called Front Row With Francis: The Nature of the Church . It was fascinating that Pope Francis opened his teaching by rejecting a narrow view that the Church is “restricted to the clergy or the Vatican ” . He pointed out that we are “all the Church, all family, all…… Continue reading Pope Francis, “They Think I Said WHAT!”

POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS: The Profound Explained Simply

Pope Francis continued his catechesis at the General Audience  Wednesday morning in Saint Peter’s Square on gifts of the Holy Spirit. After having examined wisdom and understanding the last two weeks, this week he discusses the often misunderstood gift of counsel. The pope reminds us that “we must make room for the Spirit, so that he…… Continue reading POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS: The Profound Explained Simply

POPE FRANCIS: A MODERNIST HERETIC? Articles Causing an Uproar

Since I wrote this article on Catholic Stand in support of Pope Francis a few months ago, it has been read 3,155 times with 85 comments, many from outraged traditionalists. Another article, which proclaims that the pope is dismantling Catholicism, has over 10,000 reads. Just as Christ shocked and upset the starchy traditional religious, so too does Pope…… Continue reading POPE FRANCIS: A MODERNIST HERETIC? Articles Causing an Uproar