Category: Pope Francis

Holy Name Cathedral – Chicago

October 30, 2016 – 31st Sunday in ordinary time:  Vacation church visit Chicago has several historic churches.   The Holy Name Cathedral enjoys five masses on Sunday and a program that is 16 pages long with the center fold, appropriately, reserved for the Order of Worship.  The parish started in 1843, not envisioning the Great Chicago Fire in October 1871.  “Holy Name Pastor and … Read More Holy Name Cathedral – Chicago

Mortal Sin

Catholics have 69.5 million members, are the largest religious body in the United States, and comprise 22% of the population as of 2015.  What this means is 1 in 5 Americans believe abortion is morally wrong and a women who get an abortion are automatically ex-communicated from the church.  Abortion is considered the highest form of sin – called Mortal Sin.  Canon 1398 of … Read More Mortal Sin

Pax Tecum, Pax Tibi

Rusted Anchors[i] “Anchoring or focalism is a term used in psychology to describe the common human tendency to rely too heavily, or “anchor,” on one trait or piece of information when making decisions.”[ii]  How many rusted anchors are holding you down from accepting new and contradictory information to previously held assumptions?  In a recent NYT article on Donald Trump the author raised the issue … Read More Pax Tecum, Pax Tibi

Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love by Pope Francis

Kerygma On a trip to MercyHurst University in PA for a Dance festival for pre-professional dancers I was able to get some reading time and prayer time in on the beautiful campus in different nooks and crannies on the campus, mostly unobserved and left alone.  The Joy of Love On Love in the Family tackles a broad range of difficult Catholic teachings (Secular society, Abortion, … Read More Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love by Pope Francis

The Trinity

The Father gives us life, Jesus gives us salvation, and the Holy Spirit gives us love.[i] In an article entitled The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Loyola press presents the Trinity in simple and easy to grasp language.  Catholics, agnostics, atheist, and cynics can easily over complicate Christianity by delving into our religiosity, our application of our beliefs, and our explanation theologically and … Read More The Trinity

Paradiso by Dante Alighieri

“In fashion then as of a snow-white rose Displayed itself to me the saintly host…”(Canto XXXI) In Canto XXXI, the Glory of Paradise, the snow-white rose is portrayed.  It struck me immediately as being a representation of the Eucharist[i], though Dante’s depiction defines it as pedals of ancient believers (pre-Christ) and believer’s post-Christ.    The snow-white rose presents a symbol within the larger poetical allegory … Read More Paradiso by Dante Alighieri

“Can We Write a History of Jesus?” by Rev. Jerome Murphy O-Connor[i]

A gem of a presentation by Rev. Jerome Murphy O-Connor that in 11 brief pages or about 25 minutes of lecture tackles the slippery slope of historical criticism of scripture, its history, and impact on the current day church.  Rev. O’Connor describes the descent of the validity of scripture in light of literary and historical criticism and the re-emergence of scripture, or the ascent, … Read More “Can We Write a History of Jesus?” by Rev. Jerome Murphy O-Connor[i]

Magnanimity, Mindfulness & God

“This virtue of the great and the small, which always makes us look at the horizon.  What does magnanimous mean?  It means having a great heart, having greatness of mind; it means having great ideals, the wish to do great things in response to what God asks of us.  (It means also)……..to do well the routine……daily actions, task, meetings with people  –doing the little … Read More Magnanimity, Mindfulness & God

The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante

“The natural was ever without error; But err the other may by evil object, Or by too much. or by too little vigor.” The above quote in canto XVII humanizes existence in purgatory.  Purgatory does not move far enough away from the horror of the Inferno and the disproportionate time assigned in purgatory is a hell in and of itself.  Still a vivid and … Read More The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante

Why Pope Francis recommended Dante?

Catholic Herald article on Dante and Pope Francis support reading:  “Dante is ‘a prophet of hope’ and ‘herald of the possibility of redemption’, says Pontiff Dante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the … Read More Why Pope Francis recommended Dante?

The Truth

“The truth is not grasped as a thing; the truth is encountered.  It is not a possession; It is an encounter with a Person.”  Pope Francis, May 15, 2013 General Audience One word:  Truth.  We assume and lay claim to the truth everyday.  We defend our sense of the truth as if it was absolute, irrefutable, and natural.  We take for granted that our edifices … Read More The Truth

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