Response to the Situation in Iraq

Like many of you, I have been horrified by the news stories about the persecuted communities in Iraq, especially the Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq, and have been praying for all those affected. Can this really be happening in our world today? Can it really be true that children are being beheaded, that families are fleeing into the mountains, only to die of starvation and dehydration? I watched a heartbreaking episode on the news yesterday afternoon, where helicopters that … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Encourages Parents to “Waste Time with their Children”

Pope Francis, in a recent gathering of the Pontifical Council for the Family, "asked parents to 'waste time' with their children, so that they can realize that love is always free" (quote from this article). For those of us who spend a lot of time "wasting time" with our children, this statement is very encouraging! When we sit on the floor with our 3 year-old to assemble a puzzle, snuggle on the couch to read "The Yellow Tutu" for the twentieth time, or simply spend time singing songs to our … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Welcomes Family with Anencephalic Baby

My heart is pounding and I am smiling ear to ear as I have just finished reading this article. Pope Francis, during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, welcomed a baby with anencephaly and her family during the offertory procession, giving all of them a blessing. Although most babies with anencephaly do not survive more than a few minutes following birth, this sweet baby girl has defied the odds and is still alive. Pope Francis met this child's parents outside of a cathedral … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Throwing Away Food is Like Stealing from the Poor

In his weekly message at the beginning of June, Pope Francis urged all Catholics to think twice before wasting food. In his own words, "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and hungry" (quote found here). Compared to our grandparents, who lived through the scarcity of the Depression and the World Wars, Pope Francis noted that we are so accustomed to having plenty that we have become used to "wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value." Like his … [Read more...]

His First Homily

Here is the text, as translated by the Vatican Radio, of Pope Francis' first homily.  Short and sweet and so challenging. In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing.Walking: the House of Jacob. “O house of Jacob, Come, let us wa … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Our Call to Service

Like many of you, I have been watching the news with excitement, waiting to see the white smoke and hear the words Habemus Papam!Yesterday was a day of great joy for so many of us.  It was a great day to be a Catholic.  Perhaps I am becoming a sappy old mother, but I cried the moment I saw Pope Francis and again when he humbly bowed his head in silence and asked for our prayers.By all accounts, Pope Francis seems to be a man of service, a man of action, and I love that.  Our Church is a c … [Read more...]