Will We Ever Get Complete Texts of the Pope’s Daily Homilies?

Today, the Vatican seemed to indicate no. Here’s the statement from Fr. Federico Lombardi: The very great interest aroused by the Pope’s brief homilies in the course of the Masses celebrated every  morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, poses and continues to pose  often the question  from different parts  on the possibility [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Apostolic Zeal: “If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord…”

A report on today’s homily:  Saint Paul was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday morning, and in particular his talent at ‘being a nuisance’, at unsettling people who had grown too comfortable in their faith and imbuing within them that Apostolic zeal that is necessary for the Church to move forward. Pope [Read More...]

Homiletics: “There’s an elephant in the living room…”

How one priest does it: A local minister once likened writing a Sunday sermon to doing a school research paper every single week —— a daunting task, when viewed in that light. Fr. Joseph Levine, pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles, shared his process for preparing a homily, as a sermon is [Read More...]

Pope Francis on joy: melancholy Christians are like “pickled peppers”

His message from today’s daily homily, via Vatican Radio:  Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “A Christian who complains, they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no?”

From the Vatican news page:  A Christian who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become whiners. Christians should endure their difficulties in silence, in patience to bear witness to the joy of Christ. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Tuesday morning, during Mass with staff from the [Read More...]

Citing bombings, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley warns of “culture of death,” opposes death penalty for suspect

Details:  Boston’s Catholic archbishop marked the city’s renewed sense of community after the marathon bombings but warned of the “culture of death” that led to the tragedy, calling on the faithful to “build a civilization of love.” At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley offered Sunday’s Mass, which was attended by [Read More...]

Priest’s accused killer blames it on “bad homilies”

Yikes: An unemployed man, who said he was only trying to teach his elderly priest a lesson, was charged Wednesday with murdering him. Antonio Incandela, 33, said he had had it with the homilies delivered by Michele Di Stefano, the priest in the small rural town of Ummari on the west coast of Sicily. Di [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the temptation to gossip: “These everyday things happen to everyone, including me…”

It’s rare to hear this kind of candor from the pulpit—let alone, from a pope. This comes from his daily homily this morning. Details:  In his homily Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel passage that recounts the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus, who did not immediately grasp how a man can be “born again”. Through [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the “way of humility”

As has become his custom, the pope celebrated daily Mass for a small group of people at his residence this morning, and Vatican Radio has highlights:  For the Christian, “making progress” means “lowering oneself” on the road of humility in order allow God’s love to emerge and be clearly seen. This was the central focus [Read More...]

“See you soon!”

Those are the cheerful, friendly words that Pope Francis used from the loggia of St. John Lateran, closing out an eventful Sunday during which the Holy Father finally took possession of his home basilica in Rome.   (I can’t help but notice that in the picture here, he is using what appears to be the [Read More...]


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