How did Jesus teach us to better use social media? In the National Catholic Register in an article by Mary Rezak, she discusses the message of Archbishop Gomez at the Catholic Associate of Latino Leaders (CALL) meeting in Houston. He speaks of brief and simplistic form in which Jesus spoke. The parables are a little harder for us to get in our day and age, but our imagery is different. Jesus spoke to the people in terms that were familiar to them in their times. Even Archbishop Gomez and Pope Francis have a Facebook Page and a Twitter account. If we use Social Media wisely, we will find it rich in resources. Read the article here....
The hot topic of the day is the financial shake-up at the Vatican. John Allen Jr. who was a Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and now reports for the Boston Globe, has written an excellent article on the changes which Pope Francis made at the Vatican to make some positive changes in the Vatican Financial Panel. Read the article to see who will replace the now dismissed financial panel. Read More...
Pope Francis is always finding ways to fill us with Awe and Wonder! His message to return to Galilee to encourage us to go to that place where we first encountered Christ as the women at the tomb were instructed. This is such a beautiful message to bring us back to where we first met Him, and to inspire us to find that initial flame that first kindled our hearts. I encourage you to read this beautiful message.
Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily
Pope Francis urges us to return to God. Our brokenness is a sign that something is wrong in our lives. He uses today's reading to remind us how we should enter into this Lenten season. He reminds that we must not transform outward signs, but instead look inside our hearts. When the heart is transformed, everything around us begins to change.
“Rend your hearts and not your garments” (Joel 2:13)
Pope Francis urges us to use our intelligence to read the signs of the times at the mass today. He wants to think about what the Lord would want from us, not what the world expects of us.
Read this summary of the Pope's talk in EWTN news
Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful on the proclamation of the gospel.
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Pope Francis had an unexpected visitor on stage during his speech on the meeting of family. The boy is a six year old orphan from Columbia adopted by a family in Italy. He resisted all the efforts of anyone trying to remove him from the Pope. Perhaps we should take a lesson from this boy and be as resistant to anyone who tries to separate us from God. Watch this beautiful video summary.
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Pope Francis visited the hometown of St. Francis on his Feast Day today. The Pope warned all Christians to be leery of worldly goals which can lead our egos astray.
Read more in this Catholic News Agency article.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
― St. Francis of Assisi
Pope Francis has chosen Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State. He will be replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who was appointed in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Parolin has substantial experience in Rome, Nigeria and Mexico. He served as Undersecretary for relations with states in Nigeria and Mexico.
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In Pope Francis homily this Sunday he warns us to have faith that entails choosing God as a fundamental criteria for life, and he says "God is love!"
Jesus' remarks in today's Gospel are hard for us to understand. Why would Jesus come to divide? The Pope explains how Jesus is a sign of contradiction.
With the violence occurring in Egypt, the Pope says a prayer for them. Read more in this CNA article by Kerri Lenartowick.
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