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Archive for January, 2016

A Tale of Five Popes and a Great Ship

 

THERE once was a Great Ship that sat in the spiritual harbour of Jerusalem. Its Captain was Peter with eleven Lieutenants at his side. They had been given a Great Commission by their Admiral:

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Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on January 29th, 2016 | 6 Comments »

Your Letters on Pope Francis


Photos courtesy of Reuters

 

THERE are many emotions sweeping through the Church in these days of confusion and trial. What is of primary importance is that we remain in communion with one another—being patient with, and bearing one another’s burdens—including the Holy Father. We are in a time of sifting, and many do not realize it (see The Testing). It is, I dare say, a time to choose sides. To choose whether we will trust Christ and the teachings of His Church… or to trust in ourselves and our own “calculations”. For Jesus placed Peter at the head of His Church when He gave him the keys of the Kingdom and, three times, instructed Peter: “Tend My sheep.” [1]John 21:17 Thus, the Church teaches:

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Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

On Criticizing the Pope

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IS it wrong to criticize the Pope? Theologian, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, has answered the question in two documents:

 

 

Published in: FAITH AND MORALS | on January 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

Pope in a Hurry?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 22nd, 2016
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Liturgical texts here

 

WHEN Jesus came upon Zacchaeus, a tax collecting thief, He asked to dine with him. In an instant, the narrowness of heart of the throngs was revealed. They despised Zacchaeus and scorned Jesus for making such a vague, ambiguous, scandalous gesture. Shouldn’t Zacchaeus be condemned? Isn’t Jesus sending the message that sin is okay? Likewise, Pope Francis’ call to acknowledge, first the dignity of the person and become truly present to others, is perhaps revealing our own narrowness of heart. For we have been firmly told that it is no longer enough to sit at our computers and Facebook nice Catholic links; it is not enough to hide in our rectories between homilies; it is not enough to say “God bless you,” and ignore the wounds, hunger, loneliness and pain of our brothers and sisters. This, at least, is how one Cardinal saw it.

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Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Striking God’s Anointed One

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 22nd, 2016
Liturgical texts here


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THERE is a Scripture that has been in the back of my mind all week, and it so happens that it is today’s first Mass reading. It has everything to do with the often irreverent and crude criticism of Pope Francis, by fellow Catholics, that has emerged in growing force these days.

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Published in: HOME, THE GREAT TRIALS | on January 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Did Pope Francis Promote a One World Religion?

 

FUNDAMENTALIST websites were quick to declare:

“POPE FRANCIS RELEASES A ONE WORLD RELIGION PRAYER VIDEO SAYING ALL FAITHS THE SAME”

An “end times” news website claims:

“POPE FRANCIS MAKES PROCLAMATION FOR A ONE WORLD RELIGION”

And ultra-conservative Catholic websites declared that Pope Francis is preaching “HERESY!”

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Published in: HOME, FAITH AND MORALS | on January 19th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

The Virtue of Persistence

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 11th – 16th, 2016
Liturgical texts here

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THIS call “out of Babylon” into the desert, into the wilderness, into asceticism is truly a call into battle. For to leave Babylon is to resist temptation and to break at last with sin. And this presents a direct threat to the enemy of our souls. Read more… »

Published in: HOME, SPIRITUALITY, MASS READINGS | on January 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Desert Path

 

THE desert of the soul is that place where consolation has dried up, the flowers of delightful prayer have wilted, and the oasis of God’s presence seems but a mirage. At these times, you may feel as though God no longer approves of you, that you are falling away, lost in the vast wilderness of human weakness. When you try to pray, the sands of distraction fill your eyes, and you may feel utterly lost, completely abandoned… helpless. 

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Published in: HOME, SPIRITUALITY | on January 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

Ascetic in the City

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HOW can we, as Christians, live in this world without being consumed by it? How can we remain pure of heart in a generation that is immersed in impurity? How can we become holy in an era of unholiness?

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Published in: HOME, SPIRITUALITY | on January 5th, 2016 | No Comments »