Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pope to visit Roman cemetery for All Saints Day

Pope to visit Roman cemetery for All Saints Day

It's been over 20 years since a Pope had visited a Roman cemetery. But that streak ends with Pope Francis. He will resume this tradition to celebrate All Saints Day.   

The Pope is expected to celebrate Mass on Friday at the Campo Verano Cemetery. Once finished, he will then pray for a few moments and bless the tombs of all people buried there. 

On Saturday, Pope Francis will also visit another cemetery, the one of his predecessors. This is more commonly known as the Vatican Grotto, where many Popes, including St. Peter himself, are buried

Since November is a month the Church dedicated to those who have died, on Monday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in honor of all bishops and cardinals that have passed awaythis past year. It will take place inside St. Peter's Basilica. 

Pope Francis celebrates surprise Mass before John Paul II tomb

Pope Francis celebrates surprise Mass before John Paul II tomb

EXCERPT FROM POPE'S HOMILY 
Source: Vatican Radio

“He always had at the center of his life, as a point of reference the love of Christ. And without the love of Christ, without living out this love, recognizing it, and nurturing that love, one cannot be a Christian. A Christian is one who feels looked after by the Lord, with that beautiful look, love by the Lord and loved toward the end. He feels... a Christian feels that his life was saved by the blood of Christ. And this build love: this rapport of love.” 

They did not understand the love of God, with that beautiful image that Jesus said. Not understanding the love of God: the opposite of what Paul felt. But yes, God loves me, God loves us, but it is an abstract thing. It is something that does not touch my heart and I deal with it in life as I can. There is no fidelity there. And the tears of Jesus for Jerusalem is this. 'Jerusalem, you did not allow yourself to be loved; and you have entrusted yourself to so many idols, that promised you everything. They said they would give you everything, and then they abandoned you.' The heart of Jesus, the suffering of the love of Jesus: a love that was not accepted, nor received.” 

Let us look at the faithfulness of Jesus and the unfaithfulness of Jerusalem, and at the center let us look at Jesus, his heart, which loves us so much. What can we do about this? The question: Am I more like Paul of Jerusalem? Is my love for God as strong as Paul's or is my heart tepid like that of Jerusalem? May the Lord, with the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, help us answer this question. And so be it!” 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pope Francis welcomes delegates from all religions in Iraq: Pray for peace

Pope Francis welcomes delegates from all religions in Iraq: Pray for peace

Iraqi delegation member:

“When we arrived, we were already very optimistic. But what we experienced has exceeded all expectations.” 

Pope in General Audience: Be humble enough to ask for help when you have doubts

Pope in General Audience: Be humble enough to ask for help when you have doubts

Pope Francis:

“Who among us has not experienced insecurity, disorientation, and even doubt along the path of faith? We have all experienced this; I have too, it forms part of the path of faith, the path of our lives. None of this should surprise us, because we are human beings, marked by our frailty and limits.”

Pope Francis explains what we can learn from the Communion of Saints

Pope Francis explains what we can learn from the Communion of Saints

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Creed, we now reflect on “the communion of saints”. As theCatechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, this is a communion “in holy things” and “among holy persons” (No. 948). The communion of saints is the deepest reality of the Church, because in Christ, through Baptism, we are made sharers in the communion of life and love which is the Blessed Trinity. As such, we are united to one another in the Body of Christ. Through this fraternal communion we draw nearer to God and we are called to support one another spiritually. The communion of saints does not only embrace the Church on earth; it also embraces all who have died in Christ, the souls in purgatory and the saints in heaven. We experience this solidarity between heaven and earth in our intercessory prayer and in the feasts of All Saints and All Souls which we shall soon celebrate. As we rejoice in this great mystery, let us ask the Lord to draw us ever closer to him and to all our brothers and sisters in the Church.

Congratulations to Archbishop-Designate Leonard P. Blair on his appointment as the Fifth Archbishop of Hartford, CT

Congratulations to Archbishop-Designate Leonard P. Blair on his appointment as the Fifth Archbishop of Hartford, CT

Friday, October 25, 2013

Custodians of the Holy Land look after Syrian population in the midst of war

Custodians of the Holy Land look after Syrian population in the midst of war

An important interview with the Custos of the Holy Land Franciscans, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM

Rome's 'forgotten' jobs make a comeback

Rome's 'forgotten' jobs make a comeback

the 'forgotten' jobs are instrument makers!

Pope Francis: 'Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber'

Pope Francis: 'Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber'

EXCERPT FROM POPE'S HOMILY 
Source: Vatican Radio 

“This is the struggle of Christians. It is our struggle every day. And we do not always have the courage to speak as Paul spoke about this struggle. We always seek a way of justification: ‘But yes, we are all sinners.’ But we say it like that, don’t we? This says it dramatically: it is our struggle. And if we don’t recognize this, we will never be able to have God’s forgiveness. Because if being a sinner is a word, a way of speaking, a manner of speaking, we have no need of God’s forgiveness. But if it is a reality that makes us slaves, we need this interior liberation of the Lord, of that force. But more important here is that, to find the way out, Paul confesses his sin to the community, his tendency to sin. He doesn’t hide it.” 

“Some say: ‘Ah, I confess to God.’ But it’s easy, it’s like confessing by email, no? God is far away, I say things and there’s no face-to-face, no eye-to-eye contact. Paul confesses his weakness to the brethren face-to-face. Others [say], ‘No, I go to confession,’ but they confess so many ethereal things, so many up-in-the-air things, that they don’t have anything concrete. And that’s the same as not doing it. Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am a sinner,’ but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. ‘I am sinner because of this, that and the other thing.’” 

“Little children have that wisdom: when a child comes to confess, he never says something general. ‘But father, I did this and I did that to my aunt, another time I said this word’ and they say the word. But they are concrete, eh? They have that simplicity of the truth. And we always have the tendency to hide the reality of our failings. But there is something beautiful: when we confess our sins as they are in the presence of God, we always feel that grace of shame. Being ashamed in the sight of God is a grace. It is a grace: ‘I am ashamed of myself.’ We think of Peter when, after the miracle of Jesus on the lake, [he said] ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinner.’ He is ashamed of his sins in the presence of the sanctity of Jesus.” 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pope Francis speaks out against "Christians at half-speed"

Pope Francis speaks out against "Christians at half-speed"

EXCERPT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY 
Source: Vatican Radio 

“We have been re-made in Christ! What Christ has done in us is a re-creation: the blood of Christ has re-created. It is a second creation! If before the whole of our life: our body, our soul, our habits, were on the road of sin, iniquity; after this re-creation we must make the effort to walk on the path of righteousness , sanctification – use this word: holiness. All of us were baptized: at that moment, our parents - we were just children - made the act of faith in our name: ‘I believe in Jesus Christ,’ who has forgiven us our sins’ I believe in Jesus Christ.” 

“Really we are weak and many times, many times , we commit sins, imperfections - and is this the way of sanctification? Yes and no! If you get used to it: 'My life is a bit so-so… I believe in Jesus Christ, but I live the way I want to’ Oh , no, that will not sanctify, that is wrong! It is a contradiction! If, however, you say, ‘I, even I am a sinner, I am weak,’ and if you go always to the Lord and say: ‘But, Lord, You have the strength, give me faith! You can make me clean,’ [and if] you let yourself be healed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – yes, even our imperfections are used along the way of sanctification. But it is always a question of ‘before’ and ‘after’.” 

“Without this awareness of the before and after of which Paul speaks to us, our Christianity does not help anyone! More to this: it takes us on the road of hypocrisy. ‘I call myself a Christian, but live like a pagan!’ Sometimes we say ‘Christians at half-speed’, who do not take this seriously. We are holy, justified, sanctified by the blood of Christ: Take this sanctification and carry it forward! Though people do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes , but, no, no’. Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no! A little touch here and there, of Christian paint, a little ‘paint catechesis’ - but inside there is no true conversion, there is no such conviction as that of St.Paul: ‘Everything I gave up and I consider garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him.’” 

Pope Francis ordains the first two bishops of his Pontificate

Pope Francis ordains the first two bishops of his Pontificate

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: October 22, 2013 | Multimedia | Order of Carmelites

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: October 22, 2013 | Multimedia | Order of Carmelites

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013
A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

Praying for peace

Several weeks ago, when it seemed like the world - or critical portions thereof - might be blown to kingdom come with greater haste than usual, I felt compelled to develop a series of images where the Saints each day would ask one, pressing question:




I have been posting these images on my Facebook timeline to varying degrees of interest, judging by likes and shares. One woman said that the daily presence of these holy interrogators prompted her to examine her conscience: how seriously was she heeding the Lord's call to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem"?




Somehow, we all can benefit from an examination of conscience in this moment in history... in this moment in our own lives. Have I prayed not only for peace in the world, but have I prayed for peace in my family, or in my own life, in my heart? Have I sought peace and pursued it?  "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." [Psalm 34:14]

Praying for peace is the least we can do in these days, and the best we can do for ourselves, our Church, and the world.




Pope Francis explains why Our Lady is a model for all Catholics

Pope Francis explains why Our Lady is a model for all Catholics

During Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis spoke about the role of Our Lady, as the mother of the Church. He described her as a model of faith, a model of charity, and a model of union with Christ. The Pope used the story of when a pregnant Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. He said that the Church should be more like Mary, and carry Jesus at its center.

This video provides today's English summary of the Pope's catechesis.

Pope Francis: 'If a Church no longer carries Jesus, then that is dead Church!'

Pope Francis: 'If a Church no longer carries Jesus, then that is dead Church!'

“The Church should be like Mary when she went, we heard it in the Gospel, when she went to visit Elizabeth. What did she bring with her? Jesus! And the Church carries Jesus! Hypothetically, if a Church no longer carries Jesus, then that is a dead Church! Do you understand? It should carry Jesus!” 

Pope: Mary as model of faith, charity and union with Christ

Pope: Mary as model of faith, charity and union with Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Church, we now look to the Virgin Mary who, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, is “the model of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ” (Lumen Gentium, 63). As a daughter of Israel, Mary responded in faith to God’s call and became the Mother of his Son. She teaches us to live a life of faith by her obedience to God’s will and by her unfailing devotion to Jesus and his work. Mary also models the Church’s charity, born of faith, which brings the joy and peace of Christ’s presence to others and to our world. Finally, Mary models the Church’s union with Christ through her constant prayer and participation in the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection.
As Mother of the Church, may Mary, by her prayers, bring us ever closer to the Lord, open our hearts to share his transforming and redeeming love, and inspire us to put our firm faith in God’s word, trusting in his goodness and his gracious plan for us and for our world.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pope Francis: Just like a nurse, God heals our wounds with His hands

Blessed John Paul II: October 22nd

Blessed John Paul II: October 22nd

(Vatican Radio) October 22nd is the day the Church remembers Blessed John Paul II. Elected to the See of Peter thirty- five years ago, as we know this twentieth century pope is to be beatified on the 27th of April 2014. 

To mark his feast day Veronica Scarisbrick brings you excerpts from an archive interview with Cardinal Roberto Tucci, chief organiser of almost all of Blessed John Paul's apostolic journeys...

October 22nd: Last celebration of John Paul II, as a Blessed (+playlist)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

As Middle East Christians migrate, Chaldean patriarch offers to merge Churches

As Middle East Christians migrate, Chaldean patriarch offers to merge Churches

Recently, the Chaldean Patriarch reached out to his Orthodox counterpart, Mar Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. He proposed a merger of their two Churches, which trace their roots to Iraq. It would mean the Assyrian Church would enter into communion with Rome. 

Patriarch Sako said, “If we are still isolated, just like small churches, we are really incapable to do anything. But when we are united all together, then we will be a stronger Church and we will have an impact.” 

The Assyrian patriarch has welcomed increased dialogue between their two Churches. But a merger may not be on the horizon anytime soon. 

But for Patriarch Sako greater cooperation is necessary for their Churches survival. He also welcomes the creation of a Christian lobby group to analyze their situation and come up with solutions to survive the current crisis. 

Online outreach: Vatican Instagram account quickly rising in popularity

Online outreach: Vatican Instagram account quickly rising in popularity

Pope to English Mass commission: You have "helped to foster the Church's unity"

Pope to English Mass commission: You have "helped to foster the Church's unity"

Friday, October 18, 2013

Personal Relationship with Jesus

Pope Francis: Growing Old is part of Life. No One is Spared

Pope Francis: Growing Old is part of Life. No One is Spared

The greatness of an apostle, he continued, consists in doing what John the Baptist said: “He must increase and I must decrease”. In fact, Pope Francis continued, the apostle is the one “who gives his life so that the Lord may increase, and in the evening of life he declines”. He noted that this is how it was for Peter also, to whom Jesus said, “when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go”.

Projecting the popes: Evangelization through cinema

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pope: When faith becomes an ideology, it can make Christians hostile and arrogant

Pope: When faith becomes an ideology, it can make Christians hostile and arrogant

“The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens. Ideology chases away the people. It creates distances between people and it distances the Church from the people. But it is a serious illness, this Christian ideology.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pope Francis explains why the Catholic Church is 'Apostolic'

Pope Francis explains why the Catholic Church is 'Apostolic'

In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is “apostolic.” We can understand this in three ways. First, the Church is apostolic because Jesus founded her upon the Apostles whom he chose and sent forth to continue his work; thus Saint Paul compares the Church to a temple which has the Apostles as its foundation and Christ as its cornerstone (Eph 2:19-20). 

The Church is also apostolic because she preserves and hands down the fullness of Christ’s teaching and the means of salvation which he instituted. 

Finally the Church is apostolic because she accomplishes in history the mission which Christ entrusted to the Apostles: making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them his commands (cf. Mt 28:19-20). 

May we come to appreciate and love the Church as the place where we encounter the Risen Lord, who sends us forth as his missionaries, inviting all whom we meet to know the truth of the Gospel, the joy of faith and the promise of eternal life proclaimed by the Apostles. 

Pope: Become an apostle for the Church through prayer, preaching and testimony

Pope: Become an apostle for the Church through prayer, preaching and testimony

“A Church that closes itself, in the past, a Church that only focuses on small rules, habits and attitudes, is a Church that betrays its own identity. A closed Church that betrays its own identity.” 

Apostolic? Pope Francis explains

Dangers to the vocation of women

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Mary's faith unties the knots of sin

Obispos latinos lanzan web para ayudar a los emigrantes

Obispos latinos lanzan web para ayudar a los emigrantes

El Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano ha lanzado una página web con información tanto para quienes dejan atrás sus hogares, como para quienes los acogen.      

Se llama migranteshoy.org y se dirige a personas de América Latina, Estados Unidos y Canadá. Por ejemplo, una persona de Colombia puede informarse sobretrámites consulares en Denver o alguien que llegue a México podrá conocer dónde está lacasa de acogida más cercana.

Latin American bishops launch a website to help refugees and immigrants

Latin American bishops launch a website to help refugees and immigrants

Magnifico!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

522 Spanish martyrs to be beatified on October 13th

522 Spanish martyrs to be beatified on October 13th

Ángel Sánchez Rodríguez was the youngest. He was only 18 when he was shot and killed in Madrid along with his fellow Discalced Carmelites

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Knights of Columbus visit Pope Francis

Marian Day: Pope Francis and Benedict XVI to welcome statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Marian Day: Pope Francis and Benedict XVI to welcome statue of Our Lady of Fatima

The Vatican also announced that Benedict XVI will privately pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, just moments after it's flown into the Vatican by helicopter.

'May anti-Semitism be banished from the heart of Christians': Pope Francis to Jewish leaders

'May anti-Semitism be banished from the heart of Christians': Pope Francis to Jewish leaders

“For many centuries the Jewish community and the Church of Rome have co-existed in this city, with a history that has, as we well know, often been marred with misunderstandings and real injustice. However, by now this history includes, with the help of God, many decades of the development of friendly and brotherly relations.” 

Pope's Mass: Guard your feelings and thoughts. Don't engage with the devil

Pope's Mass: Guard your feelings and thoughts. Don't engage with the devil

“There are some priests who, when they read this Gospel passage, this and others, say: ‘But, Jesus healed a person with a mental illness’. They do not read this, no? It is true that at that time, they could confuse epilepsy with demonic possession; but it is also true that there was the devil! And we do not have the right to simplify the matter, as if to say: ‘All of these (people) were not possessed; they were mentally ill’. No! The presence of the devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the devil, with the victory of God over the devil.”

“And we can ask ourselves the question: Do I guard myself, my heart, my feelings, my thoughts? Do I guard the treasure of grace? Do I guard the presence of the Holy Spirit in me? Or do I let go, feeling secure, believing that all is going well? But if you do not guard yourself, he who is stronger than you will come. But if someone stronger comes and overcomes, he takes away the weapons in which one trusted, and he shall divide the spoil. Vigilance! Three criteria! Do not confuse the truth. Jesus fights the devil: first criterion. Second criterion: he who is not with Jesus is against Jesus. There are no attitudes in the middle. Third criterion: vigilance over our hearts because the devil is astute. He is never cast out forever. It will only be so on the last day.”

“Be vigilant because the devil's strategy is this: ‘You became Christian. Advance in your faith. The devil will leave you alone. He will leave you at peace. But then when you are used to not being so watchful and you feel secure, he will come back.' Today's Gospel begins with the devil being cast out and ends with the devil coming back! St. Peter said ‘It's like a fierce lion that circles us’. It is like that. ‘Some may say, but, Father, you're too old fashioned. You're frightening us with these things…’ No, it's not me! It is the Gospel! And these are not lies: it is the Word of the Lord! Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He won against the devil! Please, let's not do business with the devil! He wants to come back home, to take possession… Don't accept relativism, be vigilant! And always with Jesus!”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Homage paid to a saint's desk

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

Pope's Mass: To 'ask and receive' we must pray with courage

Pope's Mass: To 'ask and receive' we must pray with courage

“The Lord says: ‘For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.’ But you have to ask, seek, and knock.

Do we get ourselves involved in prayer? Do we know to knock at the heart of God? In the Gospel Jesus says, If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? This, the Pope said, is a great thing. 

When we pray courageously, the Lord gives us the grace, but He also gives us Himself in the grace: the Holy Spirit, that is, Himself! The Lord never gives or sends a grace by mail: never! He brings it Himself! What we ask for is a little bit like  . . . it is the envelope that grace is wrapped in. But the true grace is Him, Who comes to bring it to me. It’s Him. Our prayer, if it is courageous, receives what it asks for, but also that which is more important: the Lord.

In the Gospel, some people receive the grace and then go away: of the ten lepers healed by Jesus, only once returned to thank him. Even the blind man of Jericho found the Lord in the healing, and praised God. But we must pray “with the courage of faith

We ask for a grace, but we don’t dare say, 'But come Yourself to bring it to me.' We know that a grace is always brought by Him: It is He Himself who comes and brings it to us. Let us not embarrass ourselves by taking the grace and not recognizing Him who brings it to us, Him who gives it to us: The Lord. That the Lord may give us the grace of giving us Himself, always, in every grace. And that we might recognize Him, and that we might praise Him as did the sick people in the Gospel who were healed. So that, in that grace, we might find the Lord." 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Is that Pope Francis? Vatican gets ready to release unique euro coin design

Is that Pope Francis? Vatican gets ready to release unique euro coin design

Oooooh those beautiful coins!

Focus on the family for first synod called by Pope Francis

Focus on the family for first synod called by Pope Francis

Pope Francis called for anextraordinary Synod of Bishops, to discuss the pastoral role of families. The gathering will bring bishops from across the world to Rome from October 5-19 in 2014. At issue will be pastoral challenges families face in the context of evangelization.    

Pope meets with Cardinal Dolan and U.S. bishops' conference leadership

Pope meets with Cardinal Dolan and U.S. bishops' conference leadership

(After all those years as Rector of the North American College in Rome,
Cardinal Dolan's Italian accent still stinks!! LOL)

Pope Francis dedicated a few minutes of his busy Monday schedule to meet with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.   

The meeting was brief but festive, with the Pope and the bishops making jokes with each other. The Pope especially joked on this limited knowledge of English, and how he had forgotten what he had learned. 

The group was led by archbishop of New York, and current conference president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. It also includes the Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain, and the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield. 

Pope's Mass: Don't ignore God's voice. Allow Him to 'write' your life

Pope's Mass: Don't ignore God's voice. Allow Him to 'write' your life

Not to listen to His voice, not to take heed in our hearts of His proposal and His invitation– the Pope said – is a daily temptation. And He said there are many ways in which one can turn away from God, polite, sophisticated ways… And to better illustrate his message, Pope Francis recalled the parable recounted in the Gospel in which there is a half-dead man lying in the road. A priest walks by – a zealous priest wearing a cassock and on his way to say Mass. The priest looks at the man and says to himself “I will be late for Mass” and goes on his way. “He didn’t hear the voice of God” – Pope Francis pointed out. 

Then a Levite passes by – the Pope continued – and perhaps he thinks “If I get involved and the man dies, then tomorrow I will have to go before the judge and give testimony…” so, the Pope continued “he too goes on his way. He too – Francis points out - “turns away from the voice of God”…

Only the Samaritan, a sinner, someone who habitually turns away from God had the capacity “to hear God and to understand his request”. Someone – the Pope observes – “who wasn’t used to participating in religious rites, who didn’t lead a “moral” life, who was theologically “wrong”, because – Pope Francis explained – Samaritans believed that God should be adored elsewhere, not where the Lord had said.”

But “the Samaritan understood that God was calling him and he did not turn away. He went to the man, bound up his wounds, poured on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him”. He gave up his whole evening for him.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis said, the priest was on time for Mass and the faithful were happy; the Levite’s schedule was not upset…. And the Pope asked: “why did Jonah run away from God when the Lord asked him to go to Ninevah and he boarded a ship to Spain? Why did the priest turn away from God? Why did the Levite turn away from God? Because their hearts were closed, and when your heart is closed you cannot hear the voice of God. Instead the Samaritan - he said - “saw and was moved with compassion”: his heart was open, he was human, and humanity brought him close to God.

Those – Pope Francis said – who have a design for their lives, who want to map out their own stories – do not allow God to write their lives.

“I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” And he exhorted those listening “to be docile to the Word of God. To have the capacity to hear His voice and to listen to it.”

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The pope on the 'real St. Francis'

Bergoglio's List: How Pope Francis helped victims escape Argentina's dictatorship

Bergoglio's List: How Pope Francis helped victims escape Argentina's dictatorship

“One of  first people Bergoglio saved is currently living in Rome and doesn't want to be identified. He was one of his doubles. They looked very much alike and Bergoglio, not knowing how to help him, dressed him up as a priest and gave him his own ID. He then crossed the border to Brazil. This is probably the first person Bergoglio helped out of instinct.”

Friday, October 4, 2013

St. Francis from "Who Cares About The Saints?" with Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Pope prays before the same Crucifix St. Francis prayed with 800 years ago

Pope prays before the same Crucifix St. Francis prayed with 800 years ago

"Go, rebuild my Church"

Pope to Cloistered Nuns: Smile! Show the inner joy that comes from knowing Jesus

Pope to Cloistered Nuns: Smile! Show the inner joy that comes from knowing Jesus

“When you embark on the journey of contemplating Jesus, of prayer and penance with Jesus Christ, your humanity grows. Cloistered nuns are called to have great humanity, a humanity like that of our Mother Church.

“How does a nun express that humanity? Through joy, joy and then more joy! It saddens me when I see nuns who are not joyful. They may smile, but it's a fake smile like that of a flight attendant. No! Show that smile that joy that comes from within, ok?”


“Forgive, show patience. It's not easy to live in community. The devil takes advantage of your differences. You'll say 'I don't want to be rude, but...' That doesn't work because it doesn't lead anywhere. It leads to division. Take care our your friendship and your love. A monastery shouldn't be a purgatory, it should be a family.” 

Pope Francis answers questions from youth in Assisi: marriage and priesthood are for life

Pope Francis answers questions from youth in Assisi: marriage and priesthood are for life

The pope on the 'real St. Francis'




N.B. The text of the subtitles and the text of the Pope's address in Italian are not the same.

The 'wounds of Jesus' in Assisi

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Catholics decry government shutdown

Pope begins overhaul of Vatican bureaucracy

Pope's Reform Plans, Bigger than Expected

Pope's Reform Plans, Bigger than Expected

The Council of Cardinals recommended that a 'moderator' be assigned to coordinate the relationship between the Pope and the dicasteries of the Church. The council of eight cardinals is also analyzing how the role and work of the laity can be recognized more directly within the Church.

Pope upset over latest immigrant shipwreck off Italian coast: 'It's shameful'

Pope upset over latest immigrant shipwreck off Italian coast: 'It's shameful'

“It brings me great pain to think of the numerous victims in the tragic shipwreck off of Lampedusa today. The word that comes to mind is shame: it's shameful!...

“Let us pray together to God, for those who lost their lives: men, women, children. For the families and all of the refugees. Let us join our efforts so that similar tragedies do not repeat themselves. Only decisive collaboration from everyone will help prevent them.”

Pope: Mass is an encounter with Jesus, not a 'social event'

Pope: Mass is an encounter with Jesus, not a 'social event'

“This is important not only in the great moments in history, but also in the moments of our life: we all have the memory of salvation, everyone. I wonder, though: is this memory close to us, or is it a memory a bit far away, spread a little thin, a bit archaic, a little like a museum [piece]… it can get far away [from us]… and when the memory is not close, when we do not experience the closeness of memory, it enters into a process of transformation, and the memory becomes a mere recollection.”
“This joy is our strength. The joy of the nearness of memory. Domesticated memory, on the other hand, which moves away and becomes a mere recollection, does not warm the heart. It gives us neither joy nor strength. This encounter with memory is an event of salvation, it is an encounter with the love of God that has made history with us and saved us. It is a meeting of salvation - and it is so wonderful to be saved, that we need to make feast.”
“When God is near, there is feasting. And sometimes, us cristians, are afraid of that feast: that simple and fraternal feast that is a gift from God's closeness. Life makes us push that vicinity from God away, to keep the reminder of salvation but not a live memory of it. The Church has a memory: the memory of Our Lords Passion. Sometimes we push that memory away and we transform it into a reminder, just a frequent event.”
“Every week we go to church, or rather when someone dies, we go to the funeral … and this memory often times bores us, because it is not near. It is sad, but the Mass is often turned into a social event and we are not close to the memory of the Church, which is the presence of the Lord before us. Imagine this beautiful scene in the Book of Nehemiah: Ezra who carries the Book of Israel’s memory and the people once again grow near to their memory and weep, the heart is warmed, is joyful, it feels that the joy of the Lord is its strength – and the people makes a feast, without fear, simply.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Today is the first meeting of the Council of Cardinals

Canonization events brewing

Pope's Mass with Council of Cardinals: The key is humility and service

Pope's Mass with Council of Cardinals: The key is humility and service

Another spirit comes, that of that charity that suffers all, pardons all, that does not boast, that is humble, that doesn’t seek itself. Someone could say — and there are some philosophers that thing this way — that this is a humiliation of the majesty of man, of the greatness of man. This is sterile! The Church has wisely made this saint, humble, small, trusting in God, meek: she has made her the Patron of Missions.

The strength of the Gospel, is there, “because the Gospel reaches its highest point in the humiliation of Jesus: humility that becomes humiliation. And the force of the Gospel, he said, is properly in humility, in the humility of the child that is guided by the love and the tenderness of the father.

The Church, Benedict XVI told us, does not grow through proselytism, it grows through attraction, through witness. And when the people see this witness of humility, of meekness, of mildness, they feel the need that the Prophet Zachariah spoke of: ‘We want to come with you.’ The people feel that need in the face of the witness of charity, of this humble charity, without bullying, not sufficient, humble. Worship and serve!”

“Charity is simple: worship God and serve others! And this witness,” the Pope said, makes the Church grown.” That’s why a nun, “so humble, but so trusting in God,” a nun like St. Therese of the Child Jesus “was named Patron of the Mission, because of her example” which makes “the people say ‘we want to come with you!’”

Today, here in the Vatican, begins the meeting with the Cardinal consulters, who are concelebrating the Mass. Let us ask the Lord that our work today will make us all more humble, more meek, more patient, more trusting in God, so that the Church can give a beautiful witness to the people, and seeing the People of God, seeing the Church, they might feel the desire to come with us.

Pope holds his first meeting with 'Council of Cardinals'

Pope holds his first meeting with 'Council of Cardinals'

On Tuesday morning, the Pope led his first meeting with the council of eight cardinals, who will advise him or reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.

The meeting with the 'Council of Cardinals' was held at the Papal Apartment's library. To start things off, the group took a picture with the Pope before starting off their meeting with a prayer. Their first meeting round will be held from October 1st to October 3rd. 

The Council of Cardinals was created by Pope Francis on April 13th, a month after his election. 

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

The gift I believe Saint Therese is bringing to the Carmelites, by means of offering themselves as victims to the merciful love of God who is good and by means of the corresponding night of faith, is to cling to Jesus' neck, bathed in tears. - Fr. Giacomo della Visitazione