Sweet Tweets for 8/22/14 – Children of God

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I love this week’s lead “sweet tweet” from Pope Francis, which reminds us that we are each “children of God”. What a precious notion – we parents know how much we love and would give our lives for our children. Many of us are sons and daughters of living parents who would do the very same for us. And yet as deep as this love is, it’s only a tiny foreshadowing of the immense love that God has for each and every one of us.

If we haven’t experienced a child’s sense of love and protection, we may need to heal from inner wounds to truly embrace that love that God has for us. If we’re blessed to know such love in our human relationships, we are called to spread it to the world around us. In today’s gospel from Matthew 22, we are reminded as Jesus taught his disciples:

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself.”

Let’s get going.

As always, I’m grateful to John Clem, O.F.S. for compiling our Sweet Tweets:

  • Papal Tweet:  “Let us ask the Lord for this grace: that our hearts become free and filled with light, so that we can rejoice as children of God.” (Pope Francis Aug. 21st)
  • Video: Youth Apostles: Dedicated to Serving Young People youtu.be/DTtMSef22lM
  • “The Giver” Underscores The Value of Every Human Life | CatholicMom.com ow.ly/AnMGY
  • Soul and Psyche – Holy Cross Abbey – Berryville, Virginia ow.ly/AptyW
  • Pope beatifies 124 Korean martyrs, praising their witness to Christ w/ 800K Koreans :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/AoViy
  • Pope gets warm welcome from children with disabilities :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/ApuBe
  • In South Korea, Francis displays a truly globalized papacy – John Allen – The Boston Globe ow.ly/Aqefr
  • Video: Pope prays for Korean reconciliation on last day of visit (CNS) youtu.be/3KQAGQnyTrM
  • Pope: Christianity perfects national cultures (CNS) youtu.be/3nvzWzFDeN8
  • Indonesia 2017: The country will host the next Asian Youth Day! (Rome Reports) ow.ly/Apv3Y
  • Pope Francis at Angelus: Sept 7th day of prayer for peace (News.va) ow.ly/AzbD2
  • Six Presuppositions that Challenge the Modern Evangelist « Archdiocese of Washington ow.ly/AqgkW
  • Four More Presuppositions that Challenge the Modern Evangelist « Archdiocese of Washington ow.ly/AtQty
  • Tech Tip: 10 awesome Google features you should be using (Kim Komando – USA Today) ow.ly/AraRe
  • Why James Martin’s Middle East pilgrimage matters | On Faith & Culture (Jonathan Merritt – RNS) ow.ly/ArbBv
  • The saints show the way of social justice (News.va) ow.ly/Arc07
  • Strokes of beauty – artist P. Buckley Moss (The Arlington Catholic Herald) ow.ly/ArAr8
  • Summer Reflections with Timothy Cardinal Dolan – St. Bernard of Clairvaux vimeo.com/99733912
  • Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down Crying On-Air Over What ISIS Has Done to His Country’s Christians TheBlaze.com ow.ly/As3Bc
  • Full Text Of Pope Francis’ Press Conference On Plane Returning From Korea | America Magazine ow.ly/AsvkT
  • Inspiring Parish Bulletins – Pt. 3: Practical Tools from a Pro | Inspired Angela ow.ly/AswZB
  • Climbing a 14er: Pikes Peak Part One (Lisa Martinez – Catholic Tourist) ow.ly/AsxCt
  • 12 Most Important Metrics for your Child’s (and your) Education (Matthew Warner) ow.ly/AsCKg
  • The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent | (Ann Carey – Catholic World Report) ow.ly/AsQBw
  • Word On Fire — A BIG Update for Fr. Barron’s Website | Catholic Web Services ow.ly/AtKoa
  • NEW Word On Fire website with Fr. Barron is now LIVE! ow.ly/AvcAq
  • New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser-Cut Paper by Virginia artist Eric Standley | Colossal ow.ly/Au9fL
  • Pauline Family of priests, nuns, and laity celebrates 100 Year Anniversary August 20th w/interactive book ow.ly/AuahH
  • Vinedresser shows us how to cultivate our lives (OSV) ow.ly/AuyA3
  • Franciscans take their mission into heart of Rome’s summer nightlife (CNS) ow.ly/Avpvq
  • Prayers for Pope Francis & Family: Pope Francis’ Family Members Including Infant Die In Car Crash In Argentina ow.ly/AvpFS
  • ‘Nothing Is Impossible’: Man Pushed Friend In A Wheelchair Across 500-Mile Spanish Trail – El Camino de Santiago ow.ly/Avutt
  • Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/AvvzS
  • God’s Beauty: Paddleboarding from Vancouver to Victoria (Bruce Kirkby – Kalum Ko) vimeo.com/78451097
  • A role for the church in Gaza – Scholars from Catholic University speak (CNS)  youtu.be/w8wfnggA83g
  • Phone call home | by journalist James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS | Marquette Magazine ow.ly/AwRz3
  • Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist (CNS) ow.ly/AAuiA
  • James Martin, S.J. on ‘Lectio Divina’ (America Magazine & American Bible Society) youtu.be/i27FqIyk2qY
  • FREE eBook: “The Saints’ Favorite Books” by Brandon Vogt ow.ly/AwTPj
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayer in face of Ferguson violence :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/AxszA
  • Christian leaders including Maronite Catholic patriarch visit Iraqi refugees (CNS) youtu.be/-Ar0e9cMqEE
  • Supreme Court puts Virginia same-sex marriage ruling on hold – The Washington Post ow.ly/AxVcb
  • What were the Rituals Associated with Death and Burial in Jesus’ Day? « Archdiocese of Washington ow.ly/Aynys
  • Cincinnati Archdiocese freezes Catholic school donations to ice bucket challenge charity – The Washington Post ow.ly/Azb2C
  • Slavery to be theme of 2015 World Day of Peace (January 1st) Vatican Radio ow.ly/AzdV8
  • St. Pius X’s Enduring Gift | Word On Fire ow.ly/Azelw
  • The Mysterious Workings of Grace | (Fr. Jim Van Vurst, OFM American Catholic Blog) ow.ly/AzaI4
  • Join 21 Days of Prayers & Reflection: Daily Catholic Prayer Book FREE Download – Catholic Relief Services ow.ly/AzRqh
  • The reason you don’t have enough time (The Radical Life) ow.ly/AAPIg
  • Enter your parish to win 250 Pocket Gospels – USCCB Contest ow.ly/Axtzz
  • 17 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Religion in the U.S. | ChurchPOP ow.ly/Azaa6
  • Tech Tip: How to make a smartphone time capsule video (USA Today) ow.ly/AzBob
  • Top Ten Funniest Simpsons “Spiritual” Moments/Episodes (Busted Halo) ow.ly/AA7xx
  • St. Francis, Pope Francis and today’s spiritual revolution – (Archbishop Chaput, OFM Cap. Catholic Philly) ow.ly/ABFHN
  • Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary | Saint of the Day | AmericanCatholic.org ow.ly/ABGmx
  • The Church and War: A look at the ‘humanitarian intervention’ norm (Rome Reports) ow.ly/ABGVb

John Clem, O.F.S.

John Clem, O.F.S is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/). John is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church.  John also writes a blog entitled Call To Holiness  (http://www.calltoholiness.us/). Follow John on Twitter at @Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+.

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