On Being Fair to Pope Francis

 Pope FrancisI am exhausted. But smiling.As Pope Francis limped his final steps up the stairs, waved goodbye and disappeared in the hull of the plane, there seemed a collective moment of relaxation. After all, watching a ebullient 78 year-old pontiff dart from engagement to engagement, kissing babies, blessing children, encouraging the downtrodden, and holding the powerful accountable was enough to make me weary, if not a bit worried. After all, I take care of 78 year-old patients. And … [Read more...]

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Joy Is On Tour – How Pope Francis Stunned Me & America

 Pope Francis  You know you have heard about it.The stories of the Pope shaking things up. Gingerly paying his own hotel bill, diving deeply into crowds to shake the furthest hand, warmly engaging the stray child in the middle of a Mass, and kissing the infirm, the repellent, the forgotten.You know you have heard about it.But it is utterly stunning to see it.For one week, Joy has been on tour. The United States and every major news outlet has been transfixed … [Read more...]

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Hope & “The Pope of Surprises”

Pope Francis Are you watching this? Are you paying attention to this Pope?The Pope's visit to the United States thus far has been a sensation. Coverage of his scheduled events has been gleefully wall-to-wall. Pope Francis has been greeted on the tarmac by the President and his family, has offered a heartfelt message to his brother Bishops, celebrated the canonization of Junipero Serra, gave an unprecedented speech to a joint session of Congress and presided over Vespers at New York's St. … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis’ Visit Means to Me

Just consider for a moment.Over 1900 years ago, Jesus Christ approached a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee. Fixing his gaze on the rough figure casting nets, God himself called, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." And so Simon came. Simon would soon find himself the unlikely leader of a band of disciples. He would learn from Christ's parables. He would witness miracles. He would be nearly blinded by a transfiguration. Exhibiting deep faith, he would be called Peter, "the … [Read more...]

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I Was So Wrong About Bob Dylan

  I couldn't stand it. I just couldn't stand it. I'm not sure why, but it was in middle school that I first remember hearing him. Bob Dylan.  And I remember the lyrics:How does it feel How does it feel To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone?Or in my ears "Hoooooooooowww does it feeeeeeeuuuuuuhhhll? Dylan was having yet another musical renaissance with the production of his album, Infidels, and the enthusiasm was trickling down to the 6th graders at John Adams M … [Read more...]

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Content & Faithful – Evelyn Waugh’s Perfect Father

 I am working my way through Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy.And it is fantastic.The novels which comprise the trilogy (Men At Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender) take us through the irony and tragedy of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of an aging British soldier, Guy Crouchback. As is classic for Waugh, the story has countless moments of the subtlest wit which shine a bright light on the stories we tell ourselves juxtaposed aga … [Read more...]

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