Was Your Prayer a Failure?

This was one of the questions a journalist asked Pope Francis on the plane ride back to Rome from Korea: Given what has happened in Gaza, was the Prayer for Peace held in the Vatican on June 8 a failure? Pope Francis answered, in part (according to the English transcript reporter Gerald O’Connell wrote up, [Read More...]

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For Korea, for St. Louis, for the World

A few words about peace from Pope Francis, upon landing in Korea: The quest for peace also represents a challenge for each of us, and in a particular way for those of you dedicated to the pursuit of the common good of the human family through the patient work of diplomacy. It is the perennial [Read More...]

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The Solace in His Scars

On the feast of St. Thomas the apostle, he whose unbelief helps us in our belief, I happened to reread this passage from the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on “The Scars of Christ: A Lesson on Enduring Faith” from the book Characters of the Passion. The scars of Christ have a starring role in [Read More...]

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We Can’t Give Up on Politics: Pope Francis & the Restoration Imperative

It’s not sufficient — or acceptable — to be cynical about politics. It’s absolutely true that politics won’t solve our problems and save our souls, but disengagement is not a moral option. In his latest media interview, Pope Francis observes, when asked about the heads of state who have come to visit him during his [Read More...]

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You Don’t Have to be a Monk to Be Changed and Transformed

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With the Beatitudes as our identity card, we are called to live life “changed and transformed” in the Trinity. Wednesday’s Magnificat had a meditation from Pseudo-Macarius, an Egyptian monk and hermit, that helps those of us who are not in the hermitage. It began: Our souls must be changed and transformed from the present state [Read More...]

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Pope Francis on the Christian Life: So Simple & Yet So Difficult

You don’t get more practical than the Beatitudes. That was Pope Francis’ Monday morning message after his weekend devoted to peace in both the Middle East and in our hearts. Political strategies are only as good as the authenticity of heart. Not for the first time, during his homily, the Holy Father talked about the [Read More...]

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What If Pope Francis Gave a Pro-Life Homily and No One Noticed? What If He Begged Us to Change Our Hearts and No One Listened?

The Child of Bethlehem is frail, like all newborn children. He cannot speak and yet he is the Word made flesh who came to transform the hearts and lives of all men and women. This Child, like every other child, is vulnerable; he needs to be accepted and protected. Today too, children need to be [Read More...]

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A Star Shines Brightly Over Northwest Ohio Harvest

This past weekend I was passing through and happened to have the honor of being in northwest Ohio where Fr. Matthew Frisbee was celebrating his first Mass at All Saints Church in Rossford. One got the impression from the start that Mass was filled — and packed it was — with people all well-aware of [Read More...]

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