Resetting the Conversation on The Gospel of Joy

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There has been a tremendous amount of commentary surrounding The Gospel of Joy, Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, which was his feedback to the Synod on the New Evangelization Pope Benedict convened last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the Year of Faith. Now that everyone [Read More...]

Nourishing the Gift of Faith

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Even as we buy Christmas gifts, the light of faith, the reason for the season, the Incarnation and its transformative power in our lives, can be obscured. What if we are suffering? What if we are anxious? What if we are confused and frustrated? What if hope seems foreign? What do you do When Faith [Read More...]

What Do We Have in Common with John the Baptist?

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From a homily: The truth is that the Lord knows every one of us that intimately before he forms us in the womb. We can all exclaim with the words of today’s Psalm, “Truly you have formed by inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb!” None of us is a number, a census [Read More...]

The Pope of Time Magazine?

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This is a contender for Correction of the Year: In its Person of the Year online poll presentation, Time magazine initially described the case for Pope Francis as: “The first Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of church dogma and luxury.”  Rejection of Church dogma? It has since been amended [Read More...]

Got Pope Francis’s Back Here?

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Here’s a timely quote I just came across while moving piles on my desk, from John Allen’s 2012 book-length interview with Cardinal Dolan; in A People of Hope, Dolan said: “Catholicism will always have its progressive wing and its more traditional wing, and as long as we stay together on the core principles of the [Read More...]

Divine Prioritization: If God gave you a to-do list, would you follow it?

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Teresa Tomeo is a former Detroit news anchor and currently a radio talk-show host. She is the author of the new book from Image Catholic, a division of Random House titled God’s Bucket List: Heaven’s Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond. Surefire happiness? She talks a bit with me about the recipe [Read More...]

Reading ‘The Gospel of Joy’

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So let’s try this again. How many of us who have commented on “The Gospel of Joy” have read it all the way through, never mind let it settle in for reflection? George Weigel sets a nice “Black Friday” reboot in the Wall Street Journal today: The first nine months of the pontificate of Pope Francis have [Read More...]

There’s that Holy Father Francis Walking Us Through a More Discerning Life Again

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In his homily Friday morning Pope Francis said: the spirit of the world does not want a community: it wants a mob, thoughtless, without freedom According to the Vatican Radio translation, he advised: The Lord wants us to understand what happens, what happens in my heart, what happens in my life, what happens in the [Read More...]


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