Remembering, With Gratitude, The D-Day Sacrifices Of The Fallen

Destroyed town in northwest France, summer 1944
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Pope Francis remembers, and is grateful.

Francis praised “the numerous soldiers who left their country to land on the beaches of Normandy to fight against Nazi barbarism and free occupied France”.

The Vatican said Francis “also does not forget the German soldiers dragged into this drama, like all victims of war”.

Though written long before the invasion of Normandy, G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts from his book, Orthodoxy (1908), captures the paradox faced by the soldier, and why gratitude for their courageous efforts (when exercised justly) is something not to be taken for granted by us, but to be lauded and praised.

“Take the case of courage. [Read more…]

St. John of the Cross On What Ails The Catholic Blog-O-Sphere

Last week was a pretty embarrassing one in the parish of St. Blogs. It was enough to make me consider if continuing to blog was a worthwhile use of my time. There are other things to do, you know. I have children to raise, a wife to love, tasks to be performed on my day job, and honey-do lists that are a mile long.

Yep, I seriously thought of throwing in the towel . [Read more…]

Pope Francis With The Quote of the Week

“Dear brothers, dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham:  may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others!  May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

Pope Francis, Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, May 26, 2014

Secretary John Kerry Gets An Earful From The Vatican SecState Regarding The HHS Mandate

The big headline was all about Pope Francis’s strong words regarding the horror of abortion. Let others be shocked that il Papa stands for the culture of life. The neat thing to me was that the comments were made to the envoys to the Holy See. Ambassadors will have a few things to report back to their respective Chief Executives, etc.

The tidbit that stealthily stood out to me, though, was the mention of the 100 minute long meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. They discussed, among other important things, the HHS Mandate. Francis X. Rocca of the Catholic News Service spells it out below, [Read more…]

The Number One Reason Why Folks Admire Pope Francis

 

In a word, authenticity. Pope Francis is renovating the crumbling structure of what it means to be a Christian these days, see? [Read more…]

Because You Never Know When Pope Francis Might Send You An E-Mail

Didn’t know I could do that, did you?

First it was phone calls, then it was letters and interviews. And now il Papa just might e-mail you like he did Menachem Rosensaft. [Read more…]

And Now You Know Why The Italian Press Isn’t Exactly the Gold Standard of Journalism

So when we learn the details of Scalfari’s interview, it’s like Simcha Fisher says, [Read more…]

If A Doctor of the Church Says It, Then Why Can’t Pope Francis? UPDATED

Early on, in the midst of the preparations for the Conclave, while we all wondered who would emerge as our next pope, I made the following statement: “I’m like the grizzled noncom who doesn’t really care who the Commandant of the Marine Corps is, as long as he’s more of a Marine than I am, and you salute him properly.”

By that I meant that all I was concerned about regarding the forthcoming Pope was that [Read more…]

Unpacking Pope Francis’s Interview (Part III, the Conclusion)

Pope Francis is leading us by example

Thus the Holy Spirit can use the humblest to enlighten the learned and those in the highest positions.

That was the last line from the Catechism that I shared yesterday. It probably got lost in the shuffle so it’s worth reading and re-reading again. [Read more…]

Just Because The Church Is A Mother, Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Get Punished

Worth a thousand words. Photo credit: Angela Wylie

Fresh off Pope Francis’s remarks about the Church being a Mother, priests being like shepherdesses, kind and gentle, hugging the flock with tenderness etc., folks seem to have forgotten one thing. Just because Mom is a woman doesn’t mean she’s a pushover. [Read more…]


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