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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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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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Road Trip-2014

As the Willie Nelson song says- I am on the road again. You may or may not have noticed I have not posted this week.  The family has loaded up our new van and we are on the real road for the next few weeks. Why are we travelling at this time of year? The […]

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The Thai telecommunications conglomerate True is getting rave reviews worldwide for its latest spot, “Giving,” which tells the story of a man unexpectedly rewarded for a lifetime of good deeds he performed without expecting anything in return.

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Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.” Check out his introduction to why being grateful is one of the first stets on the road to happiness: (Click here for the complete article and […]

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This week’s gospel finds Jesus teaching us with a parable that some scholars call the Parable of the Persistent Widow. It starts this way: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was not a judge who […]

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 Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise. Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. […]

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It has been quite a year for the name Francis. Jorge Mario Bergoglio put the spotlight on the “poor little man” from Assisi when he became the first man elected pope to choose the name Francis. Today is St. Francis’ feast day and where better to learn about him than on the website of the […]

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“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. “I want to see the […]

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In my homily on the love letter from St. Paul, I mentioned a BBQ sauce recipe contained in a 50+ year old letter from Val to her sister Pearl. I promised to post the recipe so here it is for your dinning enjoyment. One interesting thing about how letters and things can change. I have […]

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I never really remember my parents talking about ‘quality time’. This little piece of modern-day jargon masquerading it seems to me as wisdom was the creation of my generation. It came about as we started to over schedule our lives to such an extent; we thought it would be a good idea to pencil in […]

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I find myself at a conference. In my previous business life this would not be anything out of the ordinary. In fact I spent the last 10 years of my carrer organizing large and expensive gatherings for folks selling large and expensive computers to customers with large budgets and expensive tastes. I find myself referencing […]

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My friend Bill Radigan is a fellow deacon who has chosen to walk with those touch by crime as part of the Friends of Dismas ministry. Below is a homily he recently preached that focuses on a number of interactions he has had with folks on the margins of our society. It speaks to the […]

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For more letters take a jog over to Fr. Philip Chircop site by clicking here. Stay a while why your there as he has a way with words and images that make for a refreshing stop on the road.

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