Pope Francis: The Church is Our Protective Mother

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From today’s homily on Luke 7:11-17 comes Pope Francis’ thoughts comparing the Church to a protective stepmother: “This dimension of widowhood of the Church, who is journeying through history, hoping to meet, to find her Husband… Our Mother the Church is thus! She is a Church that, when she is faithful, knows how to cry. [Read More...]

Happiness Doesn’t Have a Price Tag: @Pontifex Ponderings

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In another of my ongoing series of posts responding to Pope Francis’ tweets, I thought I would muse a bit on this weekend’s gem, sent at 1:15 am Pacific time on Sunday, September 15: Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 15, 2013 Ironically, the [Read More...]

@Pontifex Ponderings: Is It a Beautiful Day in Your Neighborhood?

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I’ve decided to start a little series here on the blog where I share my first impressions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ amazing tweets. For today, he shared: Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbours: this is not Christian. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 14, 2013 I have to share that [Read More...]

News.va Instagram Photos Share Timeless Authenticity of the Vatican

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In their continuing commitment to embracing the latest social media tools, the News.va team (Pontifical Council for Social Communications) is actively posting great shots like this one on their Instagram account: I have to say that Instagram is one of my favorite social networks and I love seeing the authenticity of the shots being shared [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Future of Society Rooted in Elderly & Youth

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If you’re looking for a bit of motivation heading into the weekend, be sure to read the full text of Pope Francis’ message to the upcoming 47th Social Week for Italian Catholics: In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that for the Christian community, the family is much more than a “theme”, but it “is [Read More...]

Colbert and Dolan: Prayer, Punditry and Popes

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If you didn’t catch it live, you’ve surely heard about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report. While I seriously doubt that Cardinal Dolan needs the famous “Colbert bump”, he did have a great chance to share about his new e-book, Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis. Priced [Read More...]

His Word, Pope Francis and the Grace of His Light

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Can I tell you how happy I am that we’re back to the routine of Pope Francis sharing his daily homily from morning Mass in Rome? For me, my days simply go a bit better with his daily teachings on the gospel so readily available. Today’s homily on Luke’s fourth chapter was just the shot [Read More...]

Holy Father’s Intentions for September

Please join me in praying for these timely prayer intentions given to us by Pope Francis. Please take a few moments to enjoy the accompanying videos from the Apostleship of Prayer. Both provide a beautiful explanation of these important intentions. Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence [Read More...]

Receive a Text When @Pontifex Pope Francis Tweets

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Because more than one person has asked today following my post this morning about Pope Francis’ recent tweet, here are some easy directions to receive a text whenever Pope Francis tweets. First, a simple illustration: And now, the official instructions: Turning on Tweet notifications from a specific person Via the web: Visit your Settings page. Click the Mobile tab. [Read More...]

We Cannot Sleep Peacefully…

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In perhaps ironic fashion, the text woke me from a deep sleep at 2:01 am the morning of August 17th: We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 17, 2013 It was Pope Francis, tweeting again in the middle of the [Read More...]


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