Tag: Pope Francis
I remember President Trump being unable or unwilling to address gracefully the deaths of political foes or deaths that were inconvenient politically. Others before him did a better job on the national stage. Most of us can take off our fighting gloves when death visits us, even if only for momentary pause, a recognition of a fellow humans light being blown out for the … Read More Tribute to Rush Limbaugh?
I penned a letter to The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops just now making the same mistake they made with their penned Inauguration Day letter. If you read the Bishops letter you would immediately note it missed the beauty of the inauguration, the many Catholic aspects and values presented, and its inconsistency with Pope Francis message as well. My error was writing my … Read More USCCB Idiocy
Pope Franics defined six foundational points for judging the future for the American and African Continents. Briefly, he less than 60 seconds he enumerated them for us: Reality (Opulence versus loss of human dignity) Generation of Justice (Everyday is a conquest opportunity for everyone) Unconditional Commitment versus a culture of indifference History as a guiding Axis Be God’s people, not God’s elite Solidarity (Fighting … Read More Conquest Opportunity
I just read Pope Francis ruled against married priest in the Amazon. This decision is not what I would say is covered by “Papal Infallibility” definitions. The article below admits as much as the Catholic Church has granted exceptions in the past. If any Pope would have allowed married priest or women clergy it would be Pope Francis. He is guided though by church … Read More Celibacy
It is difficult to apply spiritual principles to our civic responsibilities. A common refrain from many believers is to cast off politics or ignore when the party that they support historically loses its way. Pope Francis recently discussed teaching the faithful discernment when it comes to voting. He stated it is our responsibility to get beyond the superficial and be intellectually informed and honest. … Read More Impeachment
It has come to an epic confrontation for all American Catholics and Christians. Politicians, families, friends, religious affiliations, and work associations once in comfortable silos have been shattered by a crisis of conscience over immigration. They have to face each other across the divide of rich and poor, red or blue, pro-Trump or not. There is real fear out there for the American middle … Read More Confrontation with thy neighbor?
Blessed Are the Peacemakers: (Chapter 13: Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Van Hildebrand) “It is a specific stigma of abysmal separation from God to maintain a quarrelsome and cantankerous attitude, a morbid delight in conflicts and bickering, a perverse pleasure derived from disharmony.” This is certainly a danger for every devout Christian who aspires to live a holy life and actively acts on … Read More Radical Transformation: Part VII
“We interrupt this broadcast to report unprecedented dramatic events. World leaders have closed communication with the press and have unexpectedly cancelled events. The White House, Bellevue Place, Kirribilli House, Elysee Palace, Zongnaihai, Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin, and the Vatican have been confirmed by our News Agencies to have shuttered their doors and key staff retreated to interior corridors of powers.” An unprecedented notification like … Read More Advent Adventure
“Odi ergo su.” is a quote from Umberto Eco, author of The Prague Cemetery (I book and author I do not know). It is easy to see how extremist in our society and around the world thrive on hatred. Below is a critical and biased view of Islam based on several readings I have read the last two days. It summarizes I believe … Read More “Odi ergo sum. I hate therefore I am” : The two sides of Islamic belief
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
Book Review: A collection of anecdotal stories, parables, or sayings from the Hermits of Scete as collected by and scribed by Thomas Merton. The Hermits formed an important thread in the fourth century by capturing Christian contemplation and prayer as they sought out solitude in the desert. The humility and passion of these Hermits exceeds current day monasteries. I like the story where … Read More The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
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