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Our Whole Being Should Speak of God...

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francisedited by Alicia von Stamwitz.

In our cities and villages there are brave men and others who are timid, there are Christian missionaries and others who are asleep. And there are many who are searching, even if they do not admit it. Everyone is called, everyone is sent out. However, the place of the call is not necessarily the parish center; the moment is not necessarily a pleasant parish event. The call of God can reach us on the assembly line and in the office, in the supermarket and in the stairwell, that is, in the places of everyday life.

Speaking about God, bringing the message of God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ to men is the duty of all the baptized. And this duty involves, not only speaking with words, but in all one’s actions and way of doing things. Our whole being should speak of God, even in the ordinary things. In this way witness is authentic, and thus shall it always be new and fresh in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Every Christian can witness to God in the workplace, not only with words, but above all with an honest life.” –Pope Francis

Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here.

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Everything Belongs to God ...

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

St. Francis of Assisi considered “appropriation” as the root sin because it claims for a person what belongs to God alone. In calling us to live more truthfully, Pope Francis is inviting us to avoid claiming for ourselves what belongs to God alone.

To put it another way, Pope Francis, who was a servant leader as archbishop of Buenos Aires for 15 years, is encouraging Catholics and others to avoid appropriation, but, instead, to be humbly attentive to the truth, goodness, and beauty that come from God alone.

At his July 25, 2013, welcoming ceremony at Copacabana Beach, Pope Francis cited St. Paul’s advice, “Put on Christ” (Rom 13:14). The pope continued: “Place your trust in him and you will never be disappointed! You see how faith accomplishes a revolution in us, one which we can call Copernican, because it removes us from the center and restores it to God; faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength, and hope.”

Francis of Assisi would heartily agree.

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s article entitle “Pope Francis: Why the Name Fits” in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here.

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Everything Belongs to God ...

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

St. Francis of Assisi considered “appropriation” as the root sin because it claims for a person what belongs to God alone. In calling us to live more truthfully, Pope Francis is inviting us to avoid claiming for ourselves what belongs to God alone.

To put it another way, Pope Francis, who was a servant leader as archbishop of Buenos Aires for 15 years, is encouraging Catholics and others to avoid appropriation, but, instead, to be humbly attentive to the truth, goodness, and beauty that come from God alone.

At his July 25, 2013, welcoming ceremony at Copacabana Beach, Pope Francis cited St. Paul’s advice, “Put on Christ” (Rom 13:14). The pope continued: “Place your trust in him and you will never be disappointed! You see how faith accomplishes a revolution in us, one which we can call Copernican, because it removes us from the center and restores it to God; faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength, and hope.”

Francis of Assisi would heartily agree.

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s article entitle “Pope Francis: Why the Name Fits” in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here.

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Featured photo: miqu77 / Shutterstock

 

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Countdown to the Papal Visit...

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Tick, tick, tick. That seems to be the sound in my head this week as I get ready for Pope Francis’ fast-approaching trip to Cuba and the US. But that ticking is not just in my head. All of us at Franciscan Media are hearing it as we gear up for this event. You see, we’re going all out in our coverage of this historic visit.

In anticipation, we’ve adjusted our magazine production schedule so we can have our November issue finished sooner than usual, allowing us to focus on the visit. That will be important, since we’ll have staff members on the ground in the various cities of the trip, as well as at the World Meeting of Families. During that time, we’ll be posting on our company’s social media accounts, as well as this blog site, so that you can get a firsthand account of the visit.

Back at the office, staff members will be feverishly working to put together the official commemorative book of the papal visit (see ad below), which Franciscan Media is creating in collaboration with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic News Service.


COT_JPiWEAAvus9Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here.

 

 


By the time the pope gets back to Rome, we’ll be busy wrapping up that project. But, wait, there’s more. Once that heads off to the printer, we’ll get going on our December issue of St. Anthony Messenger, which will feature our wrap-up coverage of the visit.

And, while it’s going to be a fun adventure, I suspect when it’s all said and done, we’re going to look back on all we’ve done and decide that we could use a little r & r.

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Pope Francis goes to confession “every 15 or 20 ...

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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During an interview with a Portuguese radio station, Pope Francis spoke about his own discipline with the sacrament of penance. HERE

At the end of the interview, the Pope said he goes to confession “every 15 or 20 days” with a Franciscan priest who comes to him at the Vatican. “I never had to call an ambulance to take him back, in shock over my sins!” he joked. He also said he believed eternity would be a “mystery of encounter … almost unimaginable but it must be very beautiful and wonderful to meet with God.”

Were I Pope, for confession I think I’d wander up the path in the Vatican Garden to see Benedict XVI.

How long has it been since YOU have gone to confession?

Examine your consciences and GO TO CONFESSION!

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."