Proselytize NO, Evangelize YES, Said Pope Francis

Pope Francis - La Repubblica

Well now, didn’t the Internet explode this week, what with all that excitement regarding Pope Francis’ second interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari in La Repubblica? “Proselytism is solemn nonsense,” he said.  “It makes no sense.” To which faithful Catholics responded, “WHAT?!!”  What about the resurrected Jesus’ instruction to the apostles in Matthew 28?  You know, when He told His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Encountering Christ in Prison

Jesus imprisoned

In a departure from tradition which has drawn both acclaim and criticism, Pope Francis celebrated the  Holy Thursday Mass not at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, as was expected, but at a Roman juvenile prison, Casal del Marmo—where he washed the feet of twelve detainees including two girls and two Muslims. It was not as the world expected; but then, Francis has daily shown himself to be a pope of surprises.  In his humble liturgy, he reminded us that we encounter Christ in the … [Read more...]

Do Not Preach Like This….

Angry preacher

Priests and deacons: Do not do this.  Ever. Do not ever embarrass or harrass your parishioners, making a jerk of yourself while you run some poor guy into the ground. Hat tip to the fascinating website 22 Words, which brought this to my attention.! … [Read more...]