Friday, May 31, 2013

Pope leads Corpus Christi procession, on foot

Pope leads Corpus Christi procession, on foot

“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Communion, which takes us out of our individualism, so that we may live our journey together, following in His footsteps, by placing our faith in Him. Therefore we ought to ask ourselves before the Lord: How do I live the Eucharist? Do I live it anonymously or as a moment of true Communion with the Lord, also with many brothers and sisters who share this same table? How are our Eucharistic celebrations?”

Pope: Sad Christians can't transmit the Gospel. They must reflect the joy of praise

Pope: Sad Christians can't transmit the Gospel. They must reflect the joy of praise

“Here at Mass, I ask you: do you praise God or do you simply ask of Him and give thanks. Do you truly praise God? This is something new, it's new to our spiritual life. It's about praising God, about going out of ourselves and getting lost in time praising God. Some will say 'but Mass is so long.' If you don't praise God, you don't understand the joyful attitude that comes with praise, even if you're wasting time, praising Him in that long Mass. But if you welcome the attitude of praise, it's beautiful! Eternity will be about Praising God! It won't be boring, it will be beautiful! This joy makes us free.”

Pope: Homily for Corpus Christi [Full text]

Pope: Homily for Corpus Christi [Full text]

Let us ask ourselves this evening, adoring the Christ truly present in the Eucharist: do I let myself be transformed by Him? Do I let the Lord who gives Himself to me, guide me to come out more and more from my little fence to get out and be not afraid to give, to share, to love Him and others?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pope Francis: Find strength even amid life's challenges

Pope Francis: Find strength even amid life's challenges

“To suffer is to accept life's difficulties and carry them with strength. That way the difficulty does not drag us down. To carry it with strength: this is a Christian virtue! Saint Paul says several times: Suffer, endure. This means do not let yourselves be overcome by difficulties. This means that a Christian has the strength to not give up, to carry difficulties with strength. Carry them, but carry them with strength. It is not easy, because discouragement comes, and one has the urge to give up and say, ‘Well, come on, we’ll do what we can but no more.’ But no, it is a grace to suffer. In difficulties, we must ask for this grace, in difficulty.”

Thursday, May 16, 2013

When Does Human Life Begin? The Gosnell Case

Pope welcomes four new ambassadors: Ethics should be at the center of economic policies

Pope welcomes four new ambassadors: Ethics should be at the center of economic policies

"Money has to serve, not to rule!" he reminded the ambassadors. "The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them."

Pope Francis: Don't be 'backseat' Christians

Pope Francis: Don't be 'backseat' Christians

MOUNT CARMEL: Reasons for wearing the Brown Scapular

MOUNT CARMEL: Reasons for wearing the Brown Scapular: The Spiritual Meaning of the Scapular: 1. It is a symbol of Mary's love for us. 2. It stands for a commitment to follow Jesus as Ma...

Rage Against the Minivan: Six reasons the #FitchtheHomeless campaign is prob...

Rage Against the Minivan: Six reasons the #FitchtheHomeless campaign is prob...: Today my facbeook and twitter feeds were bombarded with reposts of the clever come-back video by Greg Karber in response to Abercrombie &am...

Monday, May 6, 2013

WITNESS TO YOUR FAITH WITH JOY AND COURTEOUSNESS, POPE TELLS NEW SWISS GUARDS

WITNESS TO YOUR FAITH WITH JOY AND COURTEOUSNESS, POPE TELLS NEW SWISS GUARDS

"I am certain that the decision to place years of your lives in service of the Pope is not foreign to your faith. Indeed, the deepest motivations that have brought you here to Rome originate in your faith. It is a faith that you have learned in your family, have cultivated in your parishes, and that also shows that attachment of Swiss Catholics to the Church. Remember it well: the faith that God has given you on the day of your Baptism is the most precious treasure you have!"

Pope Francis to Swiss Guard: The Lord walks with you!

Pope Francis to Swiss Guard: The Lord walks with you!

Each year on May 6th, the Swiss Guard commemorates the sacrifice of 147 soldiers who died defending Pope Clement VII during the “Sack of Rome,” in 1527. 
To commemorate the heroic death of the soldiers, the anniversary is also the occasion of the solemn oath of 35 new recruits, which took place this afternoon in the courtyard of San Damaso in the Apostolic Palace.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pope Francis: Mary, give us the grace to be signs and tools of life!

Pope Francis: Mary, give us the grace to be signs and tools of life!

The whole existence of Mary is a hymn to love and to life: she generated Jesus the man and she accompanied the birth of the Church on Mount Calvary and in the Upper Room. The “Salus Populi Romani” is the mother who looks after our growth, she helps us face and overcome problems, she gives us freedom when we make important decisions; she is the mother who teaches us to be fruitful in good, joy, hope, to give life to others, both physical and spiritual life.

Swiss Guard: renewal of the world's smallest army

Swiss Guard: renewal of the world's smallest army