Tag: Pope Francis

Confrontation with thy neighbor?

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?

Radical Transformation: Part VII

  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

Advent Adventure

“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 sum. I hate therefore I am” : The two sides of Islamic belief

“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

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 Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

  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 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]

Furor versus Fuhrer – Abortion and Politics

In 1973, Justice Harry M. Blackmun (appointed by Republican President Nixon) wrote the following: “the restrictive criminal abortion laws in effect in a majority of States today are of relatively recent vintage.” Providing a historical analysis on abortion, Justice Harry Blackmun noted that abortion was “resorted to without scruple” in Greek and Roman times.[7] Blackmun also addressed the permissive and restrictive abortion attitudes and laws throughout history, … Read More Furor versus Fuhrer – Abortion and Politics

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?

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