“Be Not Afraid” – Suffering & St. John Paul II

 As he kindly surveyed them, he smiled.And without saying it, he seemed to exude it. "Be not afraid."In the village of El Rincon outside of Havana, under the sweltering Cuban sun, the aging pontiff with his pale blue eyes, stooped posture and sweetly pained face fought the grip of Parkinson's disease in order to express himself. And he smiled. For before him were his people. Not dignitaries and opinion-makers, cardinals and bishops, philosophers and playwrights. No. He was in … [Read more...]

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On Suffering, St. Bartholomew & the Murder of James Foley

 St. Bartholomew by Rembrandt van RijnPerhaps it is time for us to reflect on St. Bartholomew. For just a moment. Given what is happening in the world, I would argue that it is a perfect time. Selfishly, it is appropriate because Bartholomew serves as┬áthe patron saint of my home parish. And, on a larger scale, the Catholic Church just celebrated his Feast Day on August 24th. But perhaps the execution of journalist and devout Catholic James Foley should call to mind just who St. … [Read more...]

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