September 27, 2015

Wow. Oh. Wow. Oh Wow. So my feet haven’t quite touched the ground yet as I try and take in all awe and joy that I was honored to experience yesterday inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Vespers with the Holy Father. To be in his presence was an experience that words fail to fully convey. But let me start from the beginning of the day for a little behind-the-scenes. Trying to work on my selfie skills – looking “cool” for… Read more

September 27, 2015

Guest post by Vicki Cessna   Ok, so I’m so geeked about this day on sooooo many levels, as a Catholic most of all. as a communications professional. As an American. And as a daughter – but more on that later.    I’m writing this while sitting inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the side altar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a bird’s eye view of the Cathedra where Pope Francis will be sitting.  I’m just about beside myself with… Read more

September 25, 2015

Guest post by Dr. Christopher Kaczor As a Jesuit for more than 50 years, Pope Francis acknowledges his profound debt to the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola. If we wonder “What makes Pope Francis tick?”, the answer is found in the spirituality of Ignatius. This spiritual path finds a surprising confirmation in the findings of contemporary psychology. Sigmund Freud predicted, “that in the future science will go beyond religion, and reason will replace faith in God.” But the… Read more

September 24, 2015

Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Kalamazoo, Michigan blogs about today here. Read more

September 24, 2015

Even while my vantage point for this day is from inside a large ballroom in the lower basement of the Marriott, the energy and excitement is electric. Here are some fun “behind the scenes facts” I’ve heard: Apparently on Tuesday the pope’s plane did a nice loop around Georgia reportedly because Prez and Veep were running late. One Italian reporter approached our desk during the welcome ceremony at the White House and asked “What do I call the guys in… Read more

September 17, 2015

A guest post by Gina Loehr The Pope is an American. It just happens that he’s never set foot in the United States before. His America is not ours. And his leadership is not, well, American (at least not in the US-centric sense of the word). Unlike so many of our nation’s leaders, the Holy Father’s behavior isn’t influenced by the latest public opinion polls. Francis doesn’t tremble before the threat of declining popularity. Francis simply speaks his mind. But we… Read more

September 17, 2015

 Guest post by Susan Hines-Brigger…. When Pope Francis comes to America this month, he’s going to be speaking in some pretty significant venues, such as the White House, Congress, and the UN. I suspect—and hope—that in those talks he will be issuing some challenges for all of us. As a Catholic and a mom, I welcome that. You see, my kids love Pope Francis. Perhaps it’s his welcoming and nonjudgmental nature. It could be that he talks about everyday things in… Read more

September 16, 2015

When Pope Francis visits America this month, he’ll be canonizing a Franciscan friar named Father Junipero Serra.  Some 231 years have passed since Father Serra’s death.  Is it normal for canonizations to take that long? Check out the infographic below for the answer and to learn much more!  (Courtesy of Value Penguin). (note that you can click on the image below to enlarge it). “When Father Junipero Serra becomes Saint Junípero Serra upon his Sept. 23 canonization in Washington, D.C., 231 years will… Read more

August 30, 2015

by Joe McHugh In Memory of Thomas E. Porter 1927—2015 Tom Porter was a brash, street-smart Irish kid from Cleveland’s west side who was as good at acting and translating Latin as he was at playing baseball. Graduation from high school came with a choice between going to college on a baseball scholarship or taking the road less travelled by joining the Jesuits. He opted for the Jesuits. I met Tom when I was a college kid in Detroit and… Read more

August 21, 2015

The wilder side of God refuses all our attempts at predictability and containment by Joe McHugh God and I are infuriatingly slow learners. I’m slow to let God convince me to move in the general direction of virtue, and God still struggles to remember I’m a visual learner. I need a compelling story or an arresting image just to get me interested in what God might bring to the table. Gospel stories, however, can often chip away at my spiritual… Read more

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