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If we pause to look beneath the surface of a few of Francis’ most celebrated moments, his challenge is clear.

When he embraced the young man with severe disabilities, he was calling on the world to change its approach to how we value human life by putting the most vulnerable at the center. To do so, each of us needs to become more vulnerable ourselves. That’s not easy or comfortable.

When he washed the feet of a Muslim convict, he was calling on the world to end the scourge of discrimination. To do so, each of us needs to face our own prejudices, be they ethnic, social or personal — and most prejudices are deeper than many of us care to admit.

When he invited the homeless to his home for his birthday, Francis was calling on the world to end the gulf that separates those who have from those who have almost nothing. To do so, the guest list at almost every party in Washington would have to change. Those who have no need for power over others should have an urgent longing to welcome those who are victims of power. Most of us have a lot of work to do to achieve that level of solidarity.

The initial praise for Francis may not endure. Prophets often enjoy popularity until people hear the full depth of their challenge. People on the political right are already distrustful because the pope, like many mystics, seems to be abandoning certainty and trusting in the spirit that “blows where it will.” Order and control are at risk. The layers of conformity are being peeled away and what might emerge is uncertain.

But the left should be equally nervous because the spirit also invites a firm faith in the divine. It is not elitist. It is not arrogant. It does not come with doctorates in policy and economics and the sciences. It dethrones every kind of power. Its only principle is life—the more vulnerable the more beautiful. It only makes sense with an embrace of faith.

It is that faith in the goodness of God and that freedom in the spirit that are at the heart of Francis’ example—the man of God who embraces those with disabilities, those with no home, those who are strangers among us. Beware, lest we miss the full challenge to each of us of a faith like his.

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Dear Dad

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. […]

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Wisdom from an 8 year old

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Prayer for Homeless People

Hear our prayer today for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless this day. For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations. For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime. For families broken because they could not afford to […]

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Here is a homily from my friend Deacon Rob Kinghorn which I am sure was delivered with great passion for the weekend of the 6th Sunday of Ordinary time. The gospel reading is from Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount which many itinerant preachers consider to be the greatest sermon ever told. In […]

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Golf is a cruel game.

This is an old story and for most of us we have been here.

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This Sunday’s Readings This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible. Click here for THIS SUNDAY’s  readings Click to Listen to THIS SUNDAY’s readings (Please click on the X to remove the ad when it appears)   The Word on Fire The Word On Fire – Fr. […]

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It is good to wander.

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Ford on Failure

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One: Don’t  miss the boat. Two: Remember that we are all in the same  boat. Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built  the Ark. Four: Stay  fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask  you to do something really big. Five: Don’t listen to critics;  just get on with the job that needs […]

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One of the things you often see on the internet are picture sites that highlight what are called “Photo Bombs.” What is a Photo Bomb:- “An otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.” Apparently even animals want to get in on the […]

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From The Holy Father’s 2013 Christmas Card to the World

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Best Mates for Life

This reminds me of one of my best friends! Don’t worry Rob I will not mention any names. I certainly will not  highlight that you are Scottish and I will avoid the stereotype references to the Scots being tight although that might have something to do with the ending of this touching story. But the […]

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