Christ is an Outlier and Should Have Been Counted [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along. In the second to last chapter of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis draws heavily on the letter to the Hebrews as he discusses Christ's role as priest to his people.  In fact, I think most of the chapter is simply quotatio … [Read more...]

Filing Down the Sharp Edges of Failure [Pope Francis Bookclub]

youshallnotpass

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.There are two paragraphs in particular from this week's chapter that give a pretty good impression of what Pope Francis is talking about when he titled this section "The Failure of Jesus" Our human tendency is to disguise all evidence … [Read more...]

Is Your Christianity Ever Mistaken for Criminality? [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis points out that Christ was stripped of more than his clothes when he was executed on the cross: Jesus does not die in Jerusalem, nor is he stoned to death.  He dies as one accursed, "hung on a tr … [Read more...]

Choosing a Prudent (not a ‘Tough’) Advent Fast

NOT an example of fortitude

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis's discussion of Christ's preparation for death nicely parallels Joseph Pieper's chapter on Fortitude in The Four Cardinal Virtues.Here's Francis: Jesus took his death seriously, as he did his … [Read more...]

Why Welcome Sorrow? [Pope Francis Bookclub]

shoulder cry

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, I was particularly struck by some excerpts from St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises that Pope Francis decided to include: When Saint Ignatius treats of the mysteries of the passion in his Spiritual Exercises, … [Read more...]

Standing Naked Before God [Pope Francis Bookclub]

(from this fascinating article on art restoration)

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.When I read this week's chapter of Pope Francis's book, I was quickly drawn down a wikipedia rabbithole by one particular word Francis chose to use as he discussed how we speak with God in prayer: By intercession, we gain access to … [Read more...]

Being Tutored by the Expectation of Elders [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.When I read this week's selection from Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus, I was particularly struck by the way Pope Francis makes a connection between Simeon's age and his prophetic role.  Pope Francis writes: … [Read more...]


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