Feed on
Posts
Comments

Tag Archive 'pope francis'

I am testing some new software that I hope will make it easier to post using my iPad.

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.

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

A friend sent me the link to the Pope’s 2013 Christmas card. It is made up of a number of images and small nuggets of wisdom from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Click on the link below to experience the electronic card for yourself and over the months ahead we will feature some of the […]

Read Full Post »

“I have always asked people to “pray for me”. When I was a priest I didn’t ask this as often. I started asking it more often when I became bishop. I feel I have many weaknesses and problems, I am a sinner too. This request is something that comes from within. I also ask Mary […]

Read Full Post »

“A Church without women is like an Apostolic College without Mary. The role of women mirrors that of the Virgin Mary. And the Virgin Mary if the most important out of all the apostles. The Church is female because she is a wife and mother. The Church cannot be understood without the women that serve […]

Read Full Post »

Francis’ meeting with young offenders in Rio was deeply emotional Below is an article written by Andrea Tornielli who writes for the Vatican Insider and was in Rio de Janeiro covering WYD. Bergoglio speaks to a group of young offenders on the telephone once a fortnight and on Holy Thursday he visited Casal del Marmo […]

Read Full Post »

“I took my bag onto the flight with me because I always do. What’s in it? My razor, my book of hours, my diary and a reading book. The book was on Saint Therese of Lisieux, whom I’m deeply devoted to. It’s normal to carry a bag, we need to be normal, we need to […]

Read Full Post »

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.

Read Full Post »