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Praying the Psalms

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Anyone who prays the Psalms over a period of time is bound to have some favorites. As a Franciscan and a Scripture scholar, I would like to share my personal favorites. “The Lord is my shepherd.” —Psalm 23 As Christians, we especially think of Jesus. He is our good shepherd and pursues us even when we turn against him. The “still waters” he finds for us remind us of Baptism. The banquet he provides reminds us of the Eucharist. In praying the Psalms, I also like to indulge in some fantasy. The oil reminds me of the oil used in Baptism,...

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Praying the Psalms

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Anyone who prays the Psalms over a period of time is bound to have some favorites. As a Franciscan and a Scripture scholar, I would like to share my personal favorites. “The Lord is my shepherd.” —Psalm 23 As Christians, we especially think of Jesus. He is our good shepherd and pursues us even when we turn against him. The “still waters” he finds for us remind us of Baptism. The banquet he provides reminds us of the Eucharist. In praying the Psalms, I also like to indulge in some fantasy. The oil reminds me of the oil used in Baptism,...

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One of Fr Z’s first reactions to the encyclical ‘Laudato si”

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Italian was leaked and now there is an English version out.  There are some good moments in it.  There’s something for everyone. However, it’s pretty hard on free markets.  I don’t care much for that discussion. So, here’s an initial approach. Perhaps we can pay as much attention to the sections on markets and environment, as the catholic Left pays to Humanae vitae. We will pay as much attention to this as the libs pay to Summorum Pontificum. UPDATE: I saw that the über-liberal Robert Mickens, who was fired by The...

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Throwing Caution to the Wind

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Robert J. Wicks, author of Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul. The problems we have on a social as well as on an individual scale can be very great, and it is easy to be overwhelmed by them. We pollute the waters, sky, land, and our foods. We are faced with hunger, violence, terrorism, and the fear of incurable disease. We have been given a beautiful, untamed world and we have frequently responded by destroying much of it in an ill-fated attempt to conquer its possibilities. Too infrequently do we...

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No Mercy for Magister

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yesterday I received a copy in Italian of the encyclical that has not yet been officially released, Laudato si’. It turns out that that copy was put on the interwebs by Sandro Magister, vaticanista. HERE The Holy See’s spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, asked journalists to respect the “embargo”. I note that there was no indication of an embargo on the copy that I saw. That said, having spent a lot of time around the Holy See Press Office, it seems to me a solid and understood expectation not to jump out too far in...

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No Mercy for Magister

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yesterday I received a copy in Italian of the encyclical that has not yet been officially released, Laudato si’. It turns out that that copy was put on the interwebs by Sandro Magister, vaticanista. HERE The Holy See’s spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, asked journalists to respect the “embargo”. I note that there was no indication of an embargo on the copy that I saw. That said, having spent a lot of time around the Holy See Press Office, it seems to me a solid and understood expectation not to jump out too far in...

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New encyclical leaked in Italian

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I am reading the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, leaked in Italian. HERE You might want to look at Andrea Gagliarduci’ Monday Vatican on this.  He makes the point that everyone will find what he wants in this encyclical… except maybe those who are pro-transgender. Since it is now getting around, I’ll remind everyone of the fact that “Laudato si’” is the line of a hymn by St. Francis. But let’s not that Francis’ hymn ends with the real point of everything we do: salvation! Laudato...

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A World of Love

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Heather King who resides in Los Angeles and speaks nationwide. This blog is adapted from Heather King’s book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between (Franciscan Media). Her blog can be found at shirtofflame.blogspot.com. There is no braver, more difficult, or more radical act of countercultural resistance than giving with no expectation of return; than learning, as St. Francis of Assisi did, that it is better to comfort than to be comforted. We’re the ones who devised a world based on rewards and punishments....

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Fr. Sirico on the upcoming encyclical on the “environment”

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

Over at Acton Institute, find a post and a short video by Acton’s head Fr. Robert Sirico about the upcoming encyclical on the “environment”.   There is some good, basic information about encyclicals there, too. HERE Fr. Sirico makes some good points in his 5 minute video....

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Writing as Prayer

Posted by on Jun 11, 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. As an English major, I naturally have a deep love for writing.  I’ve enjoyed every kind of writing since I was a little kid, and I’ve even begun to think of writing as a vocation that God has given to me. I love writing poetry, short stories, academic papers, and blog posts like this one, but I have a special love for...

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What are Beatitudes?

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

Why do the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke have lists of beatitudes?  What is a beatitude anyway? What did Jesus actually say? Why are there differences between Matthew and Luke? The short answer is that the words of Jesus in the Gospel are words of God in human terms. The four Gospels started in oral form, then collections of sayings of Jesus, parables, and stories. The variations between the Gospels, depended on the culture of the biblical authors, their sources,  and on the culture of the people for whom they wrote. First, Jesus used...

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What are Beatitudes?

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

Why do the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke have lists of beatitudes?  What is a beatitude anyway? What did Jesus actually say? Why are there differences between Matthew and Luke? The short answer is that the words of Jesus in the Gospel are words of God in human terms. The four Gospels started in oral form, then collections of sayings of Jesus, parables, and stories. The variations between the Gospels, depended on the culture of the biblical authors, their sources,  and on the culture of the people for whom they wrote. First, Jesus used...

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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…

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

Today’s guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain. —James 1:26 Will someone please tell me what happens to our conscience when we decide to lash out at someone online? Come on, we’ve all done it. It’s so easy to hide behind our iPad or laptop and tell a friend, a colleague, and lots of strangers to take a long walk off a short pier. We are convinced it is the right thing to do. We become...

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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."