Photo credit: Michelle Francl © Used with permission
Doing this blogging has been great, but it has been a bit like a marathon. By missing a day, I am now combining two days worth of material, but they are connected. Hey, we’re Catholics – everything is connected. And Pope Francis really embodies that sense of the connection of all creation.
Speaking to the Bishops, Pope Francis Continue reading
Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace at the UN today. He then went to Ground Zero for an interfaith prayer service. It was particularly moving to see the different faiths present at Ground Zero, to see an Imam and a Rabbi open the service together; they even embraced. There were so many beautiful moments.
What are we to make of this? How do we reach beyond our own pews and embrace those of other faiths? How do we see people who may appear as enemies, as fellow children of the same God?
Pope Francis’ presence in a place of such extreme violence, Continue reading
Mass – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Used with permission
Pope Francis had his first full day in DC on Wednesday. After traveling to the White House he went to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and then to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. What a busy day! Do you ever wonder how he does it? Talk about life in the Spirit! It is exhausting just watching him, but it is a wonder to see his joy.
My Facebook friend, theology professor Brian Flanagan said that “When he’s leading the ceremonies, @Pontifex has Resting Pope Face but as soon as a real live person is there his smile lights up.” Very good observation!
No matter where he was the Pope was doing one thing very well… he was delighting some people and annoying others. What a reminder of the discomforting Continue reading
Pope Francis made a visit to Basílica Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre (National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity). This is the home of the Patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity.
Watching the scene unfold on television was both uncomfortable and joyful. I happened upon it by accident, simply turning to the TWC Papal Channel 199. There was Pope Francis, the camera zoomed in tightly to the back of his head as he sat in a chair before the statue of Our Lady of Charity. That was Continue reading
In his homily in Holguin, Cuba on Monday Pope Francis made note of the Feast of St. Matthew, celebrated by the Catholic Church that day. He spoke of the call of St. Matthew, that lowlife tax collector, whom Jesus approached and simply said, “Follow me.” St. Matthew dropped what he was doing. Just like that.
Our Holy Father however spoke of Jesus calling someone from the most reviled social class of his day – the publican, or tax collector. The power of Jesus turned Matthew’s heart, so that he could indeed get up and follow him.
We are all invited to Continue reading
In the Gospel from Mark on Sunday, we heard the disciples arguing amongst themselves about who was the greatest. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and when he heard, he was very clear in responding to them:
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Today in Havana, with the image of communist revolutionary Che Guevara looking over the same square, Pope Francis reinforced that same point during his homily.
Perhaps as we enter this week of prayers and pilgrimage with Pope Francis, we can ask God to help us find ways to serve others, to not seek greatness, and to become more humble servants of God. What ways can we explore changing our own lives in order to become “men and women for others.”
That saying, “men and women for others” is Continue reading