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3 views of Pope Francis after the South America trip

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I bring to your attention three interesting analysis pieces about Pope Francis following his trip to South America. First, check out George Weigel at National Review. My impression is that Mr. Weigel has drawn a line through the pontificate (at least one aspect of the pontificate), but probably only in pencil rather than in ink. Excerpt: Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II? […] John Paul was wily enough to let Casaroli continue his diplomacy behind the Iron Curtain, so that the Communist powers couldn’t...

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Pope Francis leaves weird Bolivian Jesuit Communist “crucifix” in Bolivia… with a twist

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

From Vatican Insider: This morning Francis lay the two presidential honours he received Wednesday from President Evo Morales in La Paz, at the feet of Our Lady of Copacabana. One of these featured the hammer and anvil with a carving of a crucifix Before leaving Bolivia, Francis placed two gifts he received on Wednesday from President Evo Morales at the foot of a statue of Mary. One of these, a chain with a chunky medallion, had the figure of the crucified Christ carved into a wooden hammer and anvil. This image had been drawn by Fr. Luis...

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How to Discipline Teens

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Roy Petitfils, author of What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you).  I once watched a teacher whom I knew didn’t really like teenagers try to discipline a classroom of high school students, telling them she really loved them and cared about them, and that she was doing this for their own good. You should have seen the eyes roll, the smirks, and the looks of disdain the teens had for this teacher! It wasn’t because of the punishment per se but because they knew their teacher didn’t like them. Being...

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How to Discipline Teens

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Roy Petitfils, author of What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you).  I once watched a teacher whom I knew didn’t really like teenagers try to discipline a classroom of high school students, telling them she really loved them and cared about them, and that she was doing this for their own good. You should have seen the eyes roll, the smirks, and the looks of disdain the teens had for this teacher! It wasn’t because of the punishment per se but because they knew their teacher didn’t like them. Being...

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How to Discipline Teens

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Roy Petitfils, author of What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you).  I once watched a teacher whom I knew didn’t really like teenagers try to discipline a classroom of high school students, telling them she really loved them and cared about them, and that she was doing this for their own good. You should have seen the eyes roll, the smirks, and the looks of disdain the teens had for this teacher! It wasn’t because of the punishment per se but because they knew their teacher didn’t like them. Being...

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BOLIVIA: Holy Communion from paper bags at papal mega-Mass?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

For the most part, in recent times I have tuned out from the papal mega-Masses. However, I saw a report that at the mega-Mass in Bolivia, Holy Communion was distributed from paper bags. I was ready to believe that, since the Holy Father had vested for Mass in – I’m not making this up – a Burger King (ironic symbol of Americanist imperialism and consumerism which promotes the eradication of the rain forest for the sake of corporate beef). However, when I reviewed the video of the Mass, I found that they weren’t paper...

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What Is a Saint?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from the book “Fearless: Stories of the American Saints” by Alice Camille and Paul Boudreau. We are tempted to reply at once: “a very holy person.” Ah, but what is holiness? That is a more complex issue. We can’t point to a foolproof lifestyle to define what holiness is supposed to look like. Some canonized saints of the Church were kings and queens in palaces; others begged on the streets of their cities. Some were wellborn and educated, while as many were peasants, unsuccessful students, or...

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Pope Francis given Hammer and Sickle “crucifix”, reacts “No está bien eso” … that’s not right.”

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“No está bien eso” A little tempest has been stirred around the “gifts” (aka traps) that Bolivian Pres. Morales gave to Pope Francis during his 4 hour stop in La Paz. Morales, a socialist who dedicated his last election to Chavez and Castro, gave the Pope a “crucifix” in the form of a hammer and sickle as well as a small pectoral “cross” with the same design. Check the ACI version of the story in Spanish. HERE Gifts at these meetings of heads of state are worked out ahead of time. So what gives with this?...

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The Wisdom of Proverbs

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In my bedroom is a clock with the inscription “Take time to laugh.” The clock was a college graduation gift from my friend Jill. The advice inscribed on the clock is from the poem “Take Time,” a favorite of ours. Less than a year after we graduated, Jill passed away unexpectedly. That saying—along with the memory of my friend—now serves as a daily reminder to live my life to its fullest. My house is filled with little quotes and quips. They adorn my dresser, my walls, my refrigerator, my office. I have even incorporated them in my home...

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The Wisdom of Proverbs

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In my bedroom is a clock with the inscription “Take time to laugh.” The clock was a college graduation gift from my friend Jill. The advice inscribed on the clock is from the poem “Take Time,” a favorite of ours. Less than a year after we graduated, Jill passed away unexpectedly. That saying—along with the memory of my friend—now serves as a daily reminder to live my life to its fullest. My house is filled with little quotes and quips. They adorn my dresser, my walls, my refrigerator, my office. I have even incorporated them in my home...

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Tips for Connecting with Teens

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Teenagers are not always the easiest people to connect with. It can be done, though, says Dr. Roy Petitfils. In his book, What Teens Want You to Know: but won’t tell you, he offers a few practical tips to parents for “seeing” teens: Be aware of your assumptions. As much as possible begin every interaction with an open mind. This is not easy, but it’s difficult to see the reality of the young person in front of us when our vision is being blurred by our preconceptions and assumptions. Adolescence is a time of rapid change on every level....

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Tips for Connecting with Teens

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Teenagers are not always the easiest people to connect with. It can be done, though, says Dr. Roy Petitfils. In his book, What Teens Want You to Know: but won’t tell you, he offers a few practical tips to parents for “seeing” teens: Be aware of your assumptions. As much as possible begin every interaction with an open mind. This is not easy, but it’s difficult to see the reality of the young person in front of us when our vision is being blurred by our preconceptions and assumptions. Adolescence is a time of rapid change on every level....

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Expanding Our Faith

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Last week, my parish went through a huge change that a lot of other parishes across America have experienced. In an attempt to combat the current shortage of priests, my parish was assigned to form a pastoral region with a neighboring parish. Basically, that means that my parish will now share one pastor with this...

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Ask a Franciscan: Is Every Encyclical Infallible?

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the successor of St. Peter. Even so, is every encyclical infallible? A. The short answer is no. Vatican I’s decree “Eternal Pastor” taught: “The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when discharging the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, and defines with his supreme apostolic authority a doctrine concerning faith or morals that is to be held by the universal Church, through the divine assistance promised him in St. Peter,...

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Living a Good Christian Life

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We talk a lot about being committed to living a Christian life, but what does it really mean? Going to Mass on Sundays, receiving the sacraments and actively praying are all good ways of being a witness to the Gospel and living a good Christian life. But how do we really connect with people, especially young people who are seeking answers to the meaning of life in this increasingly secularized, individualized and materialistic society? Let’s take for example the message of chastity. Where and how do you think a young person today is going to...

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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."