Pope Francis: The Church is Our Protective Mother

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...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

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News.va Instagram Photos Share Timeless Authenticity of the Vatican

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...]

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Pope Francis: Future of Society Rooted in Elderly & Youth

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...]

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Colbert and Dolan: Prayer, Punditry and Popes

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...]

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His Word, Pope Francis and the Grace of His Light

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...]

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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...]

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Receive a Text When @Pontifex Pope Francis Tweets

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...]

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We Cannot Sleep Peacefully…

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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