Pope Francis urges new cardinals to have simple and humble hearts

January 13, 2014

Vatican City, 13 January 2014 (VIS) – Published below is the letter sent today by the Holy Father to the future cardinals to be created on 22 February, whose names were announced publicly following the Angelus prayer on Sunday. Dear brother, On the day that your designation as part of the College of Cardinals is […]

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Antichrist

January 13, 2014

“From this time on, many of his disciples broke away and would not remain in his company any longer.” (John 6:66) Growing up in the Bible Belt, I have often heard talk of the Antichrist.  It has always been interesting to me that many of the more fundamentalist Christians tend to identify the pope as […]

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The Blessings of Pain

January 8, 2014

“Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.” -Marcel Proust I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us… We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even […]

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Many are cool, but few are frozen

January 6, 2014

I was wondering the other day, why it is that we turn pop figures into idols? I have a theory of course. I think we have this need to be cool, that there is this undercurrent in society that says some people are cool and some people aren’t. And it is very, very important that […]

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Pondering the Holy

January 1, 2014

And Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart (Lk 2.19) Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is a day to remember the great example and advocate we have in the mother of our Lord. The Gospel reading proclaimed during today’s liturgy recalls the events immediately […]

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A Simple Resolution

December 31, 2013

As the last hours of 2013 tick away, I would like to suggest one simple resolution that if followed is guaranteed to bring a significant positive change in your life. This simple resolution is to make prayer a priority. If you don’t pray, or have let it slip out of your life, consider making time […]

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Nailed to the Cross of Christ

December 26, 2013

“I am well aware that you have been made perfect in unwavering faith, like men nailed, in body and spirit, to the Cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and confirmed by the blood of Christ”   -St. Ignatius of Antioch, To the Church in Smyrna I recently came across the quote above while reading through […]

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Offer no resistance to one who is evil.

December 19, 2013

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.If anyone wants to go to law with you over your […]

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Person of the Year: Pope Francis

December 11, 2013

I continue to be thankful for the hope this man is giving the world right now.

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Fr. Barron Comments on the Pope’s Message of Joy

December 6, 2013

Fr. Barron does an excellent job of pointing out some of the key points in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.

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Let your Yes mean Yes, and your No mean No.

December 5, 2013

“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow. ’But I say to you, do not swear at all;  not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, […]

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Waiting

December 2, 2013

“The whole meaning of the Christian community lies in offering a space in which we wait for that which we have already seen. Christian community is the place where we keep the flame alive among us and take it seriously, so that it can grow and become stronger in us. In this way we can […]

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Advent Revolution

December 1, 2013

Fr. Barron comments on the revolutionary nature of Advent.

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