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The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1...

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger.

When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens. The pope’s itinerary is posted at the US Catholic Bishops Conference’s website (usccb.org), so we know many of the particulars: the pope will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, speak at the United Nations in New York, and participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis will also address Congress on September 24, marking the first time a pontiff has spoken directly to our lawmakers. Although the pope has a knack for deviating from prepared remarks, he will likely touch on immigration and the pitfalls of capitalism. The pope has spoken and written on these points before, including in his recent encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” But this trip could see him communicating his moral concerns in person to US political power players.

Concern for Immigrants

On July 14, 2014, Pope Francis, reacting to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children into the United States, voiced his concerns regarding the immigration crisis. “[Immigration] is a phenomenon that carries with it great promise and many challenges,” the pope said. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.”

The Pew Research Center estimates that there are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many with limited access to health care, education, and other resources. With his compassion for those living on the peripheries of society, Pope Francis may direct our country’s attention to this bruised area, and encourage our leaders to break the stalemate and incorporate greater mercy into their policymaking.

Check back soon for the second part of this blog.

Franciscan Media is partnering with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic News Service, and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican’s official publishing house to publish the Official Commemorative Edition of Pope Francis’ first-ever trip to the United States.

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The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1...

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger.

When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens. The pope’s itinerary is posted at the US Catholic Bishops Conference’s website (usccb.org), so we know many of the particulars: the pope will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, speak at the United Nations in New York, and participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis will also address Congress on September 24, marking the first time a pontiff has spoken directly to our lawmakers. Although the pope has a knack for deviating from prepared remarks, he will likely touch on immigration and the pitfalls of capitalism. The pope has spoken and written on these points before, including in his recent encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” But this trip could see him communicating his moral concerns in person to US political power players.

Concern for Immigrants

On July 14, 2014, Pope Francis, reacting to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children into the United States, voiced his concerns regarding the immigration crisis. “[Immigration] is a phenomenon that carries with it great promise and many challenges,” the pope said. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.”

The Pew Research Center estimates that there are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many with limited access to health care, education, and other resources. With his compassion for those living on the peripheries of society, Pope Francis may direct our country’s attention to this bruised area, and encourage our leaders to break the stalemate and incorporate greater mercy into their policymaking.

Check back soon for the second part of this blog.

Franciscan Media is partnering with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic News Service, and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican’s official publishing house to publish the Official Commemorative Edition of Pope Francis’ first-ever trip to the United States.

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Bridging the Digital Divide...

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The other night I was working in our upstairs office when I got an instant message on the computer from Mark–who was just downstairs watching TV–asking me to check something in the office for him. Now mind you, we don’t live in a 14-story house where it would be quite an endeavor for him to hike all the way up to the office and check on whatever it was he needed. No, it is one flight of stairs–18 steps to be exact.

When I IM’d him back pointing this out, he said it was just easier and quicker this way. Yeah, seems like thanks to technology a lot of things are easier and quicker these days–and way more detached.

One of my friends commented on the social media phenomena recently when he noted that he is terrified of having more virtual friends than actual ones–a real possibility these days.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that all electronic communication is bad. For instance, when Mark’s out of town for business, e-mails, Facebook and instant messaging are a godsend to keep us connected. But the problem comes when he comes home and it starts creeping into our everyday lives–like instant messaging each other between floors.

Staying connected when you’re married can be tough enough. Letting the digital world creep into your relationship–adding yet another level of distance between the two of you–can make it even more difficult.

So make sure to schedule some time when the two of you put down the phones, log out of Facebook and stop checking your e-mail every half hour–something of which I’m very guilty. Reconnect with each other–face to face and completely unplugged.

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Bridging the Digital Divide...

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The other night I was working in our upstairs office when I got an instant message on the computer from Mark–who was just downstairs watching TV–asking me to check something in the office for him. Now mind you, we don’t live in a 14-story house where it would be quite an endeavor for him to hike all the way up to the office and check on whatever it was he needed. No, it is one flight of stairs–18 steps to be exact.

When I IM’d him back pointing this out, he said it was just easier and quicker this way. Yeah, seems like thanks to technology a lot of things are easier and quicker these days–and way more detached.

One of my friends commented on the social media phenomena recently when he noted that he is terrified of having more virtual friends than actual ones–a real possibility these days.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that all electronic communication is bad. For instance, when Mark’s out of town for business, e-mails, Facebook and instant messaging are a godsend to keep us connected. But the problem comes when he comes home and it starts creeping into our everyday lives–like instant messaging each other between floors.

Staying connected when you’re married can be tough enough. Letting the digital world creep into your relationship–adding yet another level of distance between the two of you–can make it even more difficult.

So make sure to schedule some time when the two of you put down the phones, log out of Facebook and stop checking your e-mail every half hour–something of which I’m very guilty. Reconnect with each other–face to face and completely unplugged.

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Growing Well Despite the Weather...

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer wish you all a very happy feast of St Alphonsus!
This year we have had a poor summer in Orkney. But on Papa Stronsay the greenhouse, although a little slowed by the lack of sun, is continuing to produce wonders.

The Holy Angels have arranged for some good weather for St Alphonsus’ feast day.
The greenhouse on Papa Stronsay.

Br Alfonso Maria, F.SS.R.has been the labourer in the greenhouse this year, and he has kept the community supplied with fresh lettuce every day.

Juicy peaches!

The tomatoes have missed the sun the most.  They are in flower now, an we hope they will get enough sun to ripen.

Cabbages and apricots.

The Kiwifruit are starting to form nicely.  They won’t be ready till later on in the year though.

“Our Lady’s Garden”: the statue of Our Lady stands in the centre of the greenhouse.
Br Alfonso is growing various kinds of kale.  One variety can be seen here between the cabbage and the tomatoes.

The beetroot are not too far from being ready to harvest.

Also growing at the moment, although not ready to harvest, are pears, apples, plums, nectarines, raspberries, figs, grapes and other things besides.  The cherries have already passed.  They were delicious, but smaller than in  past years — probably due to lack of sun.

Thanks be to God for His wonderful providence towards us, his children.

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Jean Vanier: The One I Reject Is the One Who Heals...

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Jean Vanier’s new book The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media.

We are all filled with fears, prejudices, and wounds. We are afraid of our own limits, fragility, and mortality. We are afraid of those who are different, of people with disabilities, of people like Eric. If we let go of our defenses, we meet within ourselves those parts of us that are also wounded, disabled, and weak. It is extraordinary to discover within ourselves the wounded person we have been hiding! As we welcome those around us who are wounded, we can enter into a relationship with the wounded person within ourselves.

At L’Arche, we have discovered that we are healed by the ones who have been rejected and put aside, as long as we enter into a relationship of mutual vulnerability with them and live a covenant of love with them. They heal us in a mysterious fashion, since they lead us into our deepest being where God resides. It is the presence of Jesus in the wounded that heals the wounds within us and allows us to discover Jesus within us. We are transformed by those who are weak and rejected, just as this woman was transformed by Jesus.

St. Pope John Paul II describes well this teaching power of the weak:

Disabled people are humanity’s privileged witnesses.
They can teach everyone about the love that saves us;
they can become heralds of a new world, no longer
dominated by force, violence and aggression, but by
love, solidarity and acceptance, a new world transfigured
by the light of Christ, the Son of God who
became incarnate, who was crucified and rose for us.

For more on Jean Vanier’s book, click here.

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Jean Vanier: The One I Reject Is the One Who Heals...

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Jean Vanier’s new book The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media.

We are all filled with fears, prejudices, and wounds. We are afraid of our own limits, fragility, and mortality. We are afraid of those who are different, of people with disabilities, of people like Eric. If we let go of our defenses, we meet within ourselves those parts of us that are also wounded, disabled, and weak. It is extraordinary to discover within ourselves the wounded person we have been hiding! As we welcome those around us who are wounded, we can enter into a relationship with the wounded person within ourselves.

At L’Arche, we have discovered that we are healed by the ones who have been rejected and put aside, as long as we enter into a relationship of mutual vulnerability with them and live a covenant of love with them. They heal us in a mysterious fashion, since they lead us into our deepest being where God resides. It is the presence of Jesus in the wounded that heals the wounds within us and allows us to discover Jesus within us. We are transformed by those who are weak and rejected, just as this woman was transformed by Jesus.

St. Pope John Paul II describes well this teaching power of the weak:

Disabled people are humanity’s privileged witnesses.
They can teach everyone about the love that saves us;
they can become heralds of a new world, no longer
dominated by force, violence and aggression, but by
love, solidarity and acceptance, a new world transfigured
by the light of Christ, the Son of God who
became incarnate, who was crucified and rose for us.

For more on Jean Vanier’s book, click here.

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Photo: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Shutterstock

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The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words...

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different.

My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in appreciation of the Psalms, whether they have a natural love for them or find them foreign.

The present writing is an attempt to suggest some thoughts about the Psalms. The author does not intend a deep and systematic presentation. Rather, from what I have read, thought about and made my own, this is a rather personal approach.

Here are some ideas to think about as a start:

  1. In the Psalms, we pray to God in God’s own words.
  2. The Book of Psalms was Jesus’ own prayer book.
  3. The Jewish people and Christians have used these prayers for centuries.
  4. The Psalms are practically a summary of Israel’s history in prayer form.
  5. The Psalms are a preparation for the coming of Christ.
  6. Jesus referred to the Psalms in describing his own vocation.
  7. The New Testament finds images, ideas, various descriptions that help us appreciate who Jesus is and what they Church is all about.

Psalm 1

Many translations are available.

The first verse is most accurately translated: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. Hebrew uses the masculine “man.”

This gives us pause right from the beginning. What about inclusive language? In general and in today’s situation, I think there is a place for inclusive language—not because of political correctness, but for religious reasons. The way people think today using the masculine pronoun when the reference is to both men and women tends to suggest that women are inferior to men. Because of that, some translate “Blessed are they who do not walk in the counsel of the wicked.” And surely everyone would agree that women as well as men are blessed when they avoid the counsel of the wicked.

The remaining verses are easily understood. There is even the beautiful image of a tree enjoying the presence of life-giving water. As the tree flourishes so do those who delight in doing the will of God.

Photo: Francesco Marino

We might expect the wicked to be like a dead tree. But the image is worse. They (the word is plural) are like chaff. When the farmer throws the ground wheat into the air, the chaff blows away. The wicked are less than worthless.

It is interesting to note that the last verse does use the plural. The Lord knows the way of the righteous. But the way of the wicked will perish.

When we look at the Psalms from the Jewish viewpoint, we might see it as setting the tone for praying all the psalms. We approach them with the desire to delight in the law of God and to strengthen our relationship with God through these prayers. In other words, Psalm 1 is a fine introduction to all of the Psalms.

Christians can approach the Psalm in the same ways. We can delight in God’s law and rejoice with our Jewish brothers and sisters, praising God for all God has done to save his people, thanking God for all God’s gifts, lamenting infidelities and begging forgiveness.

Christians, however, can take the Psalm further. When we think of Christ, we can see him as the man who delight in God’s law, deepened its meaning, practiced it a new way and, lead by the Spirit (symbolized by water), became the tree that never ceased to flourish.

When we look at the Psalm in this way, we may have no difficulty in praying: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked…But his delight is in the law of the Lord.”

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The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words...

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different.

My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in appreciation of the Psalms, whether they have a natural love for them or find them foreign.

The present writing is an attempt to suggest some thoughts about the Psalms. The author does not intend a deep and systematic presentation. Rather, from what I have read, thought about and made my own, this is a rather personal approach.

Here are some ideas to think about as a start:

  1. In the Psalms, we pray to God in God’s own words.
  2. The Book of Psalms was Jesus’ own prayer book.
  3. The Jewish people and Christians have used these prayers for centuries.
  4. The Psalms are practically a summary of Israel’s history in prayer form.
  5. The Psalms are a preparation for the coming of Christ.
  6. Jesus referred to the Psalms in describing his own vocation.
  7. The New Testament finds images, ideas, various descriptions that help us appreciate who Jesus is and what they Church is all about.

Psalm 1

Many translations are available.

The first verse is most accurately translated: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. Hebrew uses the masculine “man.”

This gives us pause right from the beginning. What about inclusive language? In general and in today’s situation, I think there is a place for inclusive language—not because of political correctness, but for religious reasons. The way people think today using the masculine pronoun when the reference is to both men and women tends to suggest that women are inferior to men. Because of that, some translate “Blessed are they who do not walk in the counsel of the wicked.” And surely everyone would agree that women as well as men are blessed when they avoid the counsel of the wicked.

The remaining verses are easily understood. There is even the beautiful image of a tree enjoying the presence of life-giving water. As the tree flourishes so do those who delight in doing the will of God.

Photo: Francesco Marino

We might expect the wicked to be like a dead tree. But the image is worse. They (the word is plural) are like chaff. When the farmer throws the ground wheat into the air, the chaff blows away. The wicked are less than worthless.

It is interesting to note that the last verse does use the plural. The Lord knows the way of the righteous. But the way of the wicked will perish.

When we look at the Psalms from the Jewish viewpoint, we might see it as setting the tone for praying all the psalms. We approach them with the desire to delight in the law of God and to strengthen our relationship with God through these prayers. In other words, Psalm 1 is a fine introduction to all of the Psalms.

Christians can approach the Psalm in the same ways. We can delight in God’s law and rejoice with our Jewish brothers and sisters, praising God for all God has done to save his people, thanking God for all God’s gifts, lamenting infidelities and begging forgiveness.

Christians, however, can take the Psalm further. When we think of Christ, we can see him as the man who delight in God’s law, deepened its meaning, practiced it a new way and, lead by the Spirit (symbolized by water), became the tree that never ceased to flourish.

When we look at the Psalm in this way, we may have no difficulty in praying: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked…But his delight is in the law of the Lord.”

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The Holy Words of St. Anthony...

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the benefit of his brothers. I’d like to share with you some passages of St. Anthony’s sermons.

Sunlight Reveals Dirt

Let me begin with this short passage from one of Anthony’s sermons:“When it is dark, we do not see how dusty and dirty our house is. Only when the place is flooded with sunlight do we realize its awful condition. So we need the light of God’s grace to show us the real state of our soul and to induce us to clean up our hearts!”Reflection: Anthony’s words inspire us to pause and reflect on how closely we do—or do not—measure up to Christ, who is our shining model in all things. But Jesus’ light is not simply a light that exposes our darkness and shortcomings or puts us in touch with our guilt. Jesus’ light is also a warm flood of comforting sunlight and forgiveness that replaces our darkness and wraps us in God’s healing love.

A Tiny Child Is ‘Lord of the Universe’

In another sermon passage, Anthony reflects on the mystery of Christ’s birth in a humble stable at Bethlehem. Anthony expresses amazement, for example, at “the Lord of the universe wrapped in swaddling clothes” and at “the King of Angels lying in a stable.” He also salutes “the one whose name is boundless and yet is laid in a narrow manger.”

Reflection: St. Anthony’s words seem to echo the following passage of St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, in which Paul urges us to embrace the attitude of Christ: Though “he was in the form of God, [he] did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness. And found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8).

Seek the Face of God

In another sermon passage of St. Anthony, we find these words: “Nothing apart from God can satisfy the human heart, which is truly in search of God.”

Reflection: As an Augustinian monk in Portugal for many years, Anthony would have surely pondered the famous quote of St. Augustine: “You have created us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” May Anthony intercede for us so that each of us may truly seek the face of God and find our own contemplative gift—and, indeed, full union with our loving God.

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The Holy Words of St. Anthony...

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the benefit of his brothers. I’d like to share with you some passages of St. Anthony’s sermons.

Sunlight Reveals Dirt

Let me begin with this short passage from one of Anthony’s sermons:“When it is dark, we do not see how dusty and dirty our house is. Only when the place is flooded with sunlight do we realize its awful condition. So we need the light of God’s grace to show us the real state of our soul and to induce us to clean up our hearts!”Reflection: Anthony’s words inspire us to pause and reflect on how closely we do—or do not—measure up to Christ, who is our shining model in all things. But Jesus’ light is not simply a light that exposes our darkness and shortcomings or puts us in touch with our guilt. Jesus’ light is also a warm flood of comforting sunlight and forgiveness that replaces our darkness and wraps us in God’s healing love.

A Tiny Child Is ‘Lord of the Universe’

In another sermon passage, Anthony reflects on the mystery of Christ’s birth in a humble stable at Bethlehem. Anthony expresses amazement, for example, at “the Lord of the universe wrapped in swaddling clothes” and at “the King of Angels lying in a stable.” He also salutes “the one whose name is boundless and yet is laid in a narrow manger.”

Reflection: St. Anthony’s words seem to echo the following passage of St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, in which Paul urges us to embrace the attitude of Christ: Though “he was in the form of God, [he] did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness. And found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8).

Seek the Face of God

In another sermon passage of St. Anthony, we find these words: “Nothing apart from God can satisfy the human heart, which is truly in search of God.”

Reflection: As an Augustinian monk in Portugal for many years, Anthony would have surely pondered the famous quote of St. Augustine: “You have created us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” May Anthony intercede for us so that each of us may truly seek the face of God and find our own contemplative gift—and, indeed, full union with our loving God.

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When Love Goes Wrong...

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When I decided to write a book about the experience of shame and Christian spiritual growth, I didn’t talk about it much. Too negative, too discouraging—these were the reactions I figured I’d get. But I was wrong.

Instead, I’ve been amazed, mildly startled actually, by the consistently constructive, encouraging responses I’ve received once word slipped out that I was hard at work on such a book. “I’m glad you’re writing about that; it’s really important. So many people find it hard to take themselves seriously, let alone love themselves.” That’s the kind of feedback I’ve been getting.

For reasons that are infrequently known but frequently only intuited, just the word “shame” elicits an emotional resonance at some level in many of us. There are questions too: what makes it so difficult for us to live peacefully in God’s gaze without looking away or feeling the need to make ourselves different so God won’t turn away from us? In other words, why is love, especially being loved, such hard work? Why do so many of us think there’s something wrong with us—that we’re defective?

Years of helping others in spiritual direction have shown me that feeling unworthy of love is a chronic wound many Christians share but few talk about. Not only is it embarrassing to do so, but it also renders many of us much more vulnerable than our expertly trained personal defenses can tolerate. Sadly, safety regularly trumps trust, yet trust is our only sure path to God, healing, and peace.

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A Sign for the Isle...

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Papa Stronsay now proudly displays its own sign!  Under the Papa Stronsay Arms can be read the three ancient names of Papa Stronsay:
Papey Minni.
Papey Minor.
Papey in Litla.

A Great sight as you approach the Papa Stronsay Pier!

Very Rev Fr. Michael Mary and the brothers erect the new sign on the pier wall.
Fr. Magdala Maria handles the drill and is assisted by Br Alfonso Maria and Very Rev Fr Michael Mary.
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Gallup Poll shows Pope Francis is not so “Laudat...

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

cover laudato siHave you seen the Gallup Poll on Pope Francis’ popularity? HERE

His favorability has, essentially, crashed.

Back in February 2015, Pew Research showed that 70% of all Americans and 90% of Catholics viewed Francis favorably.

Today, according Gallup, his favorability is at 71%.

So, in about 6 months – half a year – Francis’ popularity in these U.S.A., has, among Catholics, fallen nearly 20% (19% to be exact).   That’s in only 6 months.

Let us ask:

What happened between February and now?

Laudato si’.

There’s more.

Francis lost 14% among liberal Americans.

Let us also ask:

How do these numbers compare with polls from the beginning of Francis’ pontificate in March 2013?

In April 2013, among Americans, his favorables were at 58% and unfavorables at 10%. Today, his favorables are at 59% and unfavorables at 16%.

In other words, Americans like him as much now as when they knew nothing about him.

In that same period, however, his unfavorables have increased 6%.

Let the liberal excuses begin!

One possible excuse will be that Francis’ hasn’t been as prominent in the media as he was in 2013, so these numbers are superficial. In other words the media will blame the media. “If only the Pope could be on the cover of TIME a few more times!”

Speaking of the media blaming the media, this is from the David Gibson piece at the ultra liberal RNS:

“Stephen Schneck, head of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, blamed pundits on the right and left, like Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow, for “politicizing” the pope’s teachings.”

And this from the same liberals who assure us that talk show hosts don’t really have much influence!  Now they want to blame talk shows for the Pope’s loss of 19 points among Catholics since February?

REALLY?!?

Couldn’t it be that Americans are tired of being berated?

Consider:

According to the Public Religion Research Institute only 40% of white Catholics – who make up 2/3 of all Catholics in these USA – believe in global warming as a result of human activity.

So, it could be that the more people heard about Laudato si’ the less they liked the Pope.

Mind you, liberal catholics, such as the writers and readers of the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) will try to explain away this huge drop in popularity because Francis’ is being prophetic: “Francis has challenged Americans and taken them out of their complacency!”

Mind you, liberals don’t include themselves among normal Americans. They understand things far better than the hoi polloi. So, watch the Left get out the climbing equipment and oxygen tanks as they struggle up to even loftier moral high ground.

The Pope will probably get popularity bumps from his U.S. trip.

Right now, however, he’s trending downward.

It will be interesting to see how – and if – Pope Francis and his team will adjust their message.

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The Chime Travelers Series Arrives!...

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lisa M. Hendey, founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, give us a glimpse into her new Chime Travelers books, published by Servant.

When the bells chime, get ready for adventure and fun as you join Katie and Patrick on their travels back in time to far-distant lands. The mysterious strangers they meet along the way turn out to be saints of old who become close friends who help our young travelers understand their faith a little better. Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Be ready when you hear the bells chime.

Available Now!
The Sign of the Carved Cross
Katie makes a new friend as she finds herself in a Native American village in the year 1675. As she settles into village life, she discovers how strong her new friend’s faith is in the face of danger from her own family. As their friendship grows, Katie also learns a few things about being a better friend to others.

The Secret of the Shamrock
Patrick travels to Ireland with a frog named Francis and finds himself in a muddy field full of sheep with personality and a mysterious shepherd. As they race across Ireland in response to a secret call, you will find your own faith in God growing stronger.

Further Adventures Are on the Way!
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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."