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My faith might be shaken if a doe does come by and takes a bite out of the tree.  But I still believe in the process of growth, and I can replant.  My faith might be shaken if a client is not appreciative and takes our services for granted.  But then another client goes out of her way to express gratitude to the community or someone within the university.  Peter was shaken by the storm and his betrayal, but he still believed, and eventually believed so strongly that he was willing to die for love of the Lord.  Crowds abandon true leaders, but they return time and again as they reflect on the power of the message from those who instill faith.

Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

 


Instead, we need to understand that our daily prayers and quiet times of reflection and solitude are as important for our well-being as daily exercise and healthy eating is for our bodies. Focused time spent in prayer with God can strengthen our resolve and provide us with guideposts to follow when we are faced with difficult days. We can pray for strength and courage to endure the hardships. Most of all, we can pray to not let fear and anger push our love for each other out of our hearts.

Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

 


Most likely, we will not have to be confronted with the deeply dark levels of activities central to this gruesome history: murder, lying, deadly deception, extreme evil, vicious violence and raucous retribution.  But, how about those times that we are met by the push/pull of looking good in the minds of those we know?  What are the incidents of pride that intertwine with our thoughts and actions?  We are subject to anger and the call to be less than truthful that menace us from near and far. We can dissemble like Herod, give in to the moment. Or, we can seek to discover and use the God-given gifts at the core of our being.

Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


At the core of Ignatian Spirituality is the idea of finding God in all things. What this implies is that even the most mundane and ordinary of things can be infused with the presence and activity of God. As we celebrate the feast of Saint Ignatius, let us seek to find God in the ordinary moments of our lives, in the routine chores that we do, the relationships we have etc.

Supposedly, there is a story told about a young aspirant to the Jesuits who saw Saint Ignatius sweeping the corridor in the Jesuit house in Rome. The aspirant asked Saint Ignatius, “Father Ignatius, if you knew the world would come to an end in fifteen minutes, what would you do?” Saint Ignatius leans on his broom, looks at the aspirant, and says, “Young man, I would go on sweeping the corridor.”

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest


And truly, thank God. I am not stuck in these patterns, this way of being in the world; not unable to be reshaped, reworked, reformed. This reworking, unlearning and relearning, allows me to get closer to who God wants me to be in this world – a person of love who seeks justice and strives for peace, paying most attention to those who are oppressed and on the margins. This work is difficult and necessary, and this is why we have community to lean into, to listen to and learn from, to strive to be better for each other, together. Our vessel is being reworked, I pray in hope for who we will become.

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

 


But Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”  And in today’s Gospel we don’t even get to the part where her actually dead brother, actually in the tomb for four days, walks out of the tomb, alive again. We end today with Martha’s profession of faith. I can’t really say we aren’t getting the good stuff, even though the ending of that story is pretty amazing, because the ending we get today is her recognition, and faith, and trust. And the care and service she gives her guest is repaid, and her faith is justified.

Memorial of Saint Martha


Jesus doesn’t ask us how many years we went to school, how much money we make or what neighborhood we live in. He only cares if we have been kind and if we look up to our moral superiors like the “Hey baby” employee.

One of the few good things about life under Covid 19 is that it is making some of us appreciate people we might have formerly treated as invisible like grocery store clerks. Yesterday after I noticed how carefully a young man at HyVee cleaned the checkout line, I thanked him. He said he hoped he did a good enough job. WOW! I know he’s one of Jesus’ brothers and I hope I can join that family.

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

 


As God's children - both worldwide and in our local communities - we have the opportunity every day to use our free will to be Christ to one another, or to not. With our gaze fixed ultimately on communion with God in heaven, we have the opportunity every day to build God's Kingdom in our very own communities, or to not. In our work to bring about the Kingdom of heaven, let us begin in our own communities, with those we encounter. Perhaps, then, we may realize a glimpse of the blooming and the leavening of the Kingdom of heaven and devote ourselves all the more to its arrival. 

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time


Jesus continues his teaching through parables in today’s gospel from Matthew.  As I wonder why Jesus used three distinct images of a buried treasure, a valuable pearl and a net full of fish to describe the kingdom of heaven I think about how Jesus had disrupted so many long standing belief systems and ways of being.  I appreciate his teaching style as we grapple to make meaning in these turbulent times and work to find a way forward.  As we look to a future in the uncertainty created by the pandemic we are called to face the reality of a history of systemic racism.  We cannot face these challenges without God’s steadfast love.  And as God helps me accept the reality of pandemic life, I find energy to strive for social justice in my community.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jesus turns the situation into a teachable moment for all of his followers, including all of us today. He says that, unlike the way other leaders act in the world, lording it over their followers, his disciples are to be servants. I imagine some, or most, of them were not too pleased to hear that. Really, it goes against human nature. Who grows up naturally wanting to serve others? Not too many of us. Receiving honors, accolades and power are enticing experiences for human beings. Jesus turns those ideas on their heads. He says to be great is to serve.

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

 


This is an opportunity to ask our Lord to help us tend the soil of our hearts and to allow more of our heart to be good, rich, receptive soil. Each of us can apply the concrete application which is helpful for us here. If I recognize something in me that Jesus describes here, I can find grace in that recognition and ask for freedom and greater receptivity. I may even recognize that I'm not receptive to mercy or to patience or generosity or freedom from addictive behavior. I might find that the Word isn't reaching that part of me that is wounded or angry or has become self-reliant or controlling. This is a grace filled opportunity to ask our Lord to help us with this or that area where we need freedom and renewal.

Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Do you want a clear explanation of human love? That would not walk with you very far and you would not ever know what love is. Love is the basis of the very existence of God Who cannot be figured out. Love and be loved and you will never be able to explain it, especially to Sophomores.  Jesus never wanted to be explainable, but gracefully experienced.

If this be not true, then I never writ either! 

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Mary Magdalene has been seen in light of each meaning of her name over the centuries, depending on which other woman in the Gospels people have conflated with her. We know from scripture that she experienced conversion and healing through Jesus, that she remained with Jesus through his crucifixion, and that she was the first (or at least among the first few) to see Jesus after the resurrection. She was the first evangelist of the resurrection. She must have been very close to Jesus to be available to such a revelation.

I invite us to place ourselves in that resurrection scene in today’s Gospel.

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

 

 


Jesus doesn’t ask us how many years we went to school, how much money we make or what neighborhood we live in. He only cares if we have been kind and if we look up to our moral superiors like the “Hey baby” employee.

One of the few good things about life under Covid 19 is that it is making some of us appreciate people we might have formerly treated as invisible like grocery store clerks. Yesterday after I noticed how carefully a young man at HyVee cleaned the checkout line, I thanked him. He said he hoped he did a good enough job. WOW! I know he’s one of Jesus’ brothers and I hope I can join that family.

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

 


Will you, like Teresa of Avila, (one of the great mystics of the Church) come around a corner and encounter Jesus looking at you with sadness because of the time, gifts, even life, that you have wasted?  Will I, like Peter, deny that I even know Jesus when he has begged me to stay faithful just for one night?

In this year of COVID, racism, the overheated tundra, famine and many other terrible responses and choices, it is time for a course correction for each one of us. 

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


In today's reading from the book of Wisdom, we hear that "Those who are just must be kind (Wis. 12:19)." For me, this is the opposite of the message of today's dominant world cultures.  And if I examine world history, it seems that kindness often takes a back seat to aggression, selfishness, and an endless hunger for more control.  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


It might be unsettling as people who are jealous, competitive, and vengeful, spend precious time trying to steal our peace ---- but let's not despair......but trust God.  When the time is right, God will ask us to face them without hesitation and unclenched fists, and when this happens, no one will question God's love for us, and no one will ask, "Where is your God?"  Our struggles will have meaning and purpose.  Even the one who is inclined to wicked deeds also serves a purpose, and that purpose is known to God.  As God entrusts the message of hope and reconciliation to us, we must entrust our need for justice to God.

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


The gospel today reminds us that love, concern, and mercy for each other, are more pleasing to God than sacrifices.  Jesus and his followers were criticized by the Pharisees for picking grain on the Sabbath when they became hungry.  Jesus used this opportunity to point out that King David and his companions were hungry and had eaten sacrificial food at the Temple.  His point was to show that love, compassion, and care for one another, the spirit of the law, were more important than the letter of the law.  More important, perhaps, was the statement to the Pharisees that “the Son of Man (the Messiah, Jesus Christ) is King of the Sabbath.” 

Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


When I look at it logically, some of the answers are clearer.  God has not moved away, I have!  I have let this crazy world dictate to me.  I can pray more; I can find quiet time away from emails and Zoom meetings – all of this is within my abilities and desires.  Why are my feet stuck in such clay?  Writing the reflection demands that I stop and, indeed, reflect.  I am reminded that I am a loved sinner.  I have feet of clay, I make many mistakes and no matter what, I am still loved.  I am loved by someone willing to take my burdens, to teach me, to allow me to share the yoke with Him and find rest.  I need to find refreshment for my soul. 

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


The world is under siege.  The death toll mounts. “Where are you, Yahweh?  Is this punishment for our wayward lives?  Is this harsh medicine to heal our crooked souls?  Are pandemic victims just wood in the rod you swing?  Have you resolved to test us, like Job?”  The wise and learned ponder the problem of evil.  Their best efforts arrive at this conclusion: God does not abandon us.

Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


What can we do, if any of this strikes a chord in our hearts? We can ask for the graces of conversion, courage, and trust in Jesus' promise to be with us. We can examine what we fail to do. We can listen to the Gospel with ears alert to how it addressed our discipleship. And, we can ask for the grace to enter more deeply into Jesus' words: "If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But, if you lose your life - let go of it, think of others' needs first, be a witness in the world for the sake of the Gospel - you will really find yourself."

Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

 

 

Weekly Guide


This week we can ask, in the variety of ways, in the situations of our daily lives, that our eyes might be opened to see Jesus as he really is - glorified, with the Father, and ready to renew our faith and trust in him.

The Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 


On the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we celebrate how Jesus fed the crowds by making it possible for the disciples to give the people what they had. It was not enough, but became enough because of the compassion Jesus had for the people. Isaiah 55 invites us to come to the water when we are thirsty, to come and eat though we have no money. We can stop spending on what fails to satisfy. Paul consoles us, too, by reminding us that nothing can "separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

The Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time


Every evening we can continue our practice of returning thanks to God who has showered blessings upon us and we focus our background reflections this week.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 


We can also reflect on the people in our midst - in our homes, or family relations, in our faith community, in our association of friends - who need our presence in their lives in some way. We can reflect on how we are being called to be present to those people, even those we think we can't help very much, because we know them too well.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 


It would be great to spend a few days keeping our focus on the buried treasure being offered us - in this particular day or in my life in general. Am I willing to let go of so many smaller rewards in order to embrace that treasure? What will it cost me? Where are my greatest resistances? We tend to do or give our energies to what we really want. How can we grow in our desire for what God wants to give us? We can ask for that grace a number of times this week.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 


In the habit of reflecting in the midst of our daily lives that we have been practicing, we can spend several days noticing the growth and grace offered us - as powerful as yeast or as small as a tiny seed. This can change our spirits and give us more hope and trust. We can spend several days placing our trust in God in the midst of those days when it just seems like there are so many "weeks" standing the way of whatever good we try to do.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 


This is also a wonderful week to reflect and break open these parables about the Kingdom of God among us. Jesus must have been wanting to assure his disciples and followers who could have been vulnerable, like us, to being discouraged. Sometimes, we get confused or down about how it seems that evil wins out over good, that God's presence is so imperceptible that it tempts our faith in God's presence at all.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 


It can be an important week to give thanks for the priests and ministers among us who have responded to the call to serve. Saints Ignatius and Alphonsus Liguori are wonderful examples of priest servants. We might write a note to priests we know to thank them for their fidelity in service for us.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 


On the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we see how God admires Solomon because he asked for wisdom rather than riches. Jesus is the source of God's wisdom and teaches us more about the Kingdom of Heaven. We imagine the passion of one discovering a treasure buried in a field or finding a pearl of great value, sacrificing everything to buy what is so deeply desired. A dragnet hauls in fish that can nourish others as well as what is not useful for others. Jesus invites us into deeper reflection on what we value and prepares us for our mission.

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 


Each night, we can give thanks for these reflections that help us examine our daily live and grow in love, in freedom and in fruitfulness.

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 


Seed sown on rich soil. I can ask for the grace to hear the Word and understand it and to bear much fruit. What will help me, prepare me to be more receptive? What environment, activities, service will help?

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 


Seed sown among thorns. I can ask for the grace to know how I initially welcome the Word, but let anxieties and the lure of riches choke the Word so it can't bear fruit. What kind of worldly anxieties trouble me? What kind of attractions, possessions, addictions affect my freedom and peace? What grace in me isn't bearing fruit? How can I be freer, live more simply, with more surrender?

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 


Seed sown on the hard path. I can ask to know how the Word is simply stolen away from my heart. What is hard hearted in me? What hardens me? How am I not open? What saps my spirits, my hope, my faith?

Seed sown on rocky ground. I can ask to know how I sometimes initially receive the Word readily, even with joy, but my lack of deep roots lead to my losing heart, when troubles come? When do I lose courage? How do I believe the Word but fail to pay to price for living it? How can I develop deeper roots?

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 


The parable of the sower can be a wonderful source of reflection this week. We can do it in a variety of ways, but it might be helpful to just take one kind of soil to reflect on each day. Each day we can begin -- as we first get out of bed, in the shower, while dressing, eating, driving, walking from one place to another, shopping -- by asking for the grace to understand how parts of me are like this soil.

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 

 

 


"Comparisons are odious," is a well known piece of wisdom. It is helpful be reminded by Jesus this week that to be his disciples is not about comparing ourselves with each other. It is not about a competition to be greater than another. It is about being servants of each other. It is about being like him, who came to give his life away. As we pray this week, in the background of our daily lives, we can reflect upon all the relationships in our lives and ask for the grace to come to know the needs of each person in my life and for the grace to be servant as Jesus is servant.

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time


This Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we are reminded that God has sown good seed, but, of course, an enemy has sown weeds in the same field. We are not supposed to go out there judgmentally pulling up weeds, but to leave judgment to God. The way the Kingdom of God grows is the way tiny seeds grow and the way yeast makes dough rise: it is surprising and slow and almost imperceptible. If we have ears, we ought to hear.

The Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time


All we need to do is to begin each day simply naming these desires that the readings reveal in us. Then, throughout the day, in the in-between times - dressing, driving, walking from one place to another, finding myself alone here or there - I can have brief conversations with the Lord asking for these graces. In particularly difficult times, or in times when my weaknesses reveal themselves to me, I can recognize the desire more deeply and express that to the Lord, growing in gratitude for the intimacy and grace I am experiencing each day.

The Fifthteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 


Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." Taking on discipleship we will find that it is easy and we will find rest in him. When controversy comes up about his disciples' picking grain to eat on the Sabbath, Jesus give a startling response to the judgment of the Pharisees: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Jesus leaves town when the Pharisees want to kill him to fulfill the Prophet Isaiah: "He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory."

The Fifthteenth Week of Ordinary Time


For example, the call to be bonded with him might strike a chord in our hearts. That is, I might recognize that my bond with Jesus is weak, and I recognize a desire for a deeper bond. Or, I might be challenged by the invitation to let go of my need for self-fulfillment in order to really find real meaning in life and the true self within me. Perhaps I might feel the call to repent or to be more trusting and childlike or to be less judgmental and more merciful, as particularly addressed to me.

The Fifthteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 


How can we find intimacy with God in the midst of our busy lives, while reflecting on our discipleship? By letting these precious messages of Jesus to us settle into our hearts. If we really hear them, they will become a part of us this week. It doesn't take much time. It takes a focus. Each day, we can let these words of Jesus interact with what is going on in our daily lives.

The Fifthteenth Week of Ordinary Time

 


Being smart and clever are not what is required of us. Jesus asks us to be childlike, that is, trusting, dependent, open to learn and receive. Being his disciples means that we come to Jesus in all our needs, especially for the resources we need to serve him. It is as companions of Jesus' own mission that the burden of our mission will become lighter and quite easy. Coming to Jesus will bring refreshment and peace. A sign of our discipleship will never be self righteousness and judgmental of others. What he desires is that our hearts become like his: full of mercy and love. His own heart is moved with pity for those who are wandering, without direction, as though shepherd-less.

Pope Francis


The Pope added that Jesus didn’t leave His disciples alone when they say there are only five loaves and two fishes. He takes the bread, breaks it, and gives it to the disciples for them to distribute.

“With this gesture, Jesus expresses His power; not in a spectacular way but as a sign of charity, of God the Father’s generosity toward His weary and needy children.”

Pope Francis said Jesus is immersed in people’s lives, and that He understands our weaknesses and limits. “He nourishes them with His word and provides plentiful sustenance.”

Eucharist provides strength to care for others

Pope Francis described modern-day slavery as “a scourge that wounds the dignity of our weakest brothers and sisters.”

The Pope said our contemporary world is “sadly marked by a utilitarian perspective that views others according to the criteria of convenience and personal gain.” This selfish point-of-view, he added, keeps others from experiencing the fullness of their unique and unrepeatable humanity.

Pope Francis: Trafficking a scourge against human dignity

Saint Ignatius teaches us humility. Humility makes us aware that it is not we who build the Kingdom of God, but always the Lord’s grace which acts within us. We are fragile clay vessels, yet we bear and communicate an immense treasure.

Pope Francis' Twitter Feed

 

 

 

 

 


Friendship is one of life’s gifts and a grace from God. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are a reflection of the Lord’s love, His gentle and consoling presence in our lives.

Pope Francis' Twitter feed

 

 

 

 

 

 


The risk of contagion from a virus, added the Pope, should teach us how the “contagion” of love passes from one heart to another.

“I am grateful,” he said, “for the spontaneous acts of altruism and heroic dedication shown by carers, by doctors and priests. In these past weeks we have felt the strength which comes from faith.” ...

“Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Lord will also accompany us in future through His word and through the breaking of bread in the Eucharist. And He will say to us: “Do not be afraid! For I have overcome death.’”

Pope pens preface to book on hope in the Covid-19 pandemic


“This dramatic situation,” wrote Pope Francis, “highlights the vulnerable nature of our human condition, limited as it is by time and contingency.”

The pandemic has also forced us to question the roots of our happiness and to rediscover the treasure of our Christian faith, he added.

“It reminds us that we have forgotten or simply delayed attending to some of the key issues in life. It is making us evaluate what is really important and necessary, and what is of secondary or only superficial importance.”

Pope pens preface to book on hope in the Covid-19 pandemic

 


The Pope invited them to reach out tenderly to the elderly by doing something concrete for those "who are most alone in their homes or retirement residences, and who have not seen their loved-ones for months".

"Dear young people, the Pope continued, "each elderly person is your grandparent!" He then begged young people not to leave the elderly alone. "Use the fantasy of love", he told them. Then he gave them some suggestions:

"Call them, videochat with them, send them messages, listen to them, go and visit them when it is possible while observing health precautions, send them a hug."

Pope to young people: use the 'fantasy of love' to reach out to the elderly

“We are called to assume the attitude of these Gospel figures,” Pope Francis continued, “so that we too may become healthily restless seekers of the Kingdom of Heaven.” As in the parables, this involves a cost: we must give up “worldly sureties” – such as “covetousness for possessions, the thirst for profit and power, and thinking only of ourselves” – which can hinder our search.

Becoming restless seekers of the Kingdom of Heaven

 


In the face of violence, Abp Wenski says, the Church “must re-commit ourselves to a non-violent response, that we don’t return evil for evil.” So, he continues, “we have to model a different way of living in society.”

At the same time, Abp Wenski insists “we have to be vigilant so these incidences don’t get legs and continue. But that vigilance does not call us to be vigilantes.” Instead, he says, it means working with civil authorities to ensure that the protect people of faith and the property of the Church. 

Catholics called to model different way of living

 

 


Thank you for daring to walk and for inviting many others to walk with you,” Pope Francis wrote. “In the midst of the pandemic we are forced to live with, you succeeded – with your sincerity, joy, and cheerfulness – to spark hope in the many people you met along the way or through social media.”’

Pope Francis said Alvaro’s pilgrimage taught others “not to be afraid and to rediscover their joy, because we never walk alone.”

“The Lord,” he added, “always walks beside us. Thank you for your witness and prayers.”

Pope encourages boy with disabilities on Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

The Parish Pastoral Council is also consultative in nature, and is “highly recommended”. “Far from being simply a bureaucratic organ, the Pastoral Council highlights and realizes the centrality of the People of God as the subject and active protagonist of the evangelizing mission, in virtue of the fact that every member of the faithful has received the gifts of the Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation.”

Parish at the service of evangelization

 

 


Lay faithful can also be instituted as Lectors and Acolytes (i.e. for service at the altar) on a stable basis, by means of the relevant rite. But they must be in full communion with the Catholic Church, have received adequate formation, and lead exemplary personal lives.

Parish at the service of evangelization

 

 


First of all, the role of the parish priest as "pastor" of the community is underlined. He is at the service of the parish, and not the other way around. His role “involves the full care of souls.” The parish priest must therefore have received the Order of the Presbyter, excluding any other possibility.

He is the administrator responsible for parish property and is the juridical representative of the parish. He ought to be appointed for an indefinite period of time, since the good of souls demands stability and implies knowledge of the community. However, the Instruction recalls that a Bishop may appoint a parish priest for a determined period, provided it is not less than five years and that the Episcopal Conference has established this by decree.

Parish at the service of evangelization


The Instruction, therefore, stresses the importance of a missionary renewal of parish structures. Such renewal should steer clear of self-referentiality and rigidness. Rather, it should focus instead on spiritual dynamism and pastoral conversion based on the proclamation of the Word of God, the sacramental life, and the witness of charity. The "culture of encounter" should provide the necessary context for promoting dialogue, solidarity, and openness to all. In this way, parish communities will be able to develop a true "art of accompaniment". In particular, the Instruction recommends the witness of faith in charity and the importance of caring for the poor which the parish evangelizes.

Parish at the service of evangelization

Pope Francis warned against “those who are always hunting for the limitations and defects of others.” Instead, it is “those who know how to recognise the good that silently grows in the field of the Church and history, cultivating it to maturity,” who are able to collaborate in the vision of God.

In the end, he said, “it will be God, and He alone, who will reward the good, and punish the wicked."

God’s patience opens our hearts to hope

 


"Young people, you know well the Rock of our times. Accordingly, do not forget that neither that Peter who is watching our gathering from the window of God the Father, nor this Peter who is now standing in front of you, nor any successive Peter will ever be opposed to you or the building of a lasting house on the rock. Indeed, he will offer his heart and his hands to help you construct a life on Christ and with Christ.

Primacy and infallibility: 150 years after Vatican I

I prefer to define it, along with the Prefect of our Congregation, as a “manual”. It is not, therefore, a normative text, but a tool at the disposal of Bishops, Religious Superiors, ecclesiastical tribunals, legal professionals, and also those in charge of listening centers set up by Bishops’ Conferences. Given the complexity of norms and best-practices, this guide aims to point out a path, to assist in not getting lost.

Archbishop Morandi: “A manual to explain how to act when abuse is reported" \

 

 


Our Lady Of MountCarmel, our mother, help us to have innocent hands and a pure heart, and not to utter lies or speak ill of our neighbor. Then we will be able to go up to the mountain of the Lord and obtain His blessing, His justice, and His salvation.

Pope Francis on Twitter

 

 

 

 


Pope Francis donated a ventilator to the Campanha de Marabá Hospital in Brazil, as the number of infections and deaths due to the Covid-19 virus continues to increase in the South American country. 

Expressing his gratitude in a video, Bishop Vital Corbellini of Marabá said that “it was a beautiful charitable action of Pope Francis through the Apostolic Nunciature” which will be used to “save as many lives as possible.”

“We ask that it be used especially for the Indigenous Peoples, because they are the most in need,” Bishop Corbellini told Vatican News.

Pope Francis donates ventilator to Brazil hospital

On the Day of Judgment we will not be judged for our ideas, but for the compassion we have shown to others.

Pope Francis on Twitter

 

 

 


Calling it a little like the ‘mother’ of all parables, because it speaks about listening to the Word, it tells the story of a sower who casts seed over four different types of terrain.

The Pope explained that The Word of God, symbolized by the seeds, “is not an abstract Word, but is Christ himself, the Word of the Father who became flesh in Mary's womb. Therefore, embracing the Word of God means embracing the person of Christ.”

Pope at Angelus: Embracing the Word of God means embracing Christ

 

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