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Repairers of the breach by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

Incontro con S.S. Kirill

Viaggio in Messico – Incontro con S.S. Kirill 12-02-2016 @Servizio Fotografico – L’Osservatore Romano

“As the Russian Patriarch and the Pope huddle right now inside Havana airport, I keep thinking of the old Yiddish proverb: ‘Two mountains can’t come together, but two people [mensches] can. – A barg mit a barg kumt zikh nit tsunoyf, ober a mentsh mit a mentshn yo.’ – Meaning: There is always a way for people to find common ground.” My friend Dina Tsoar, on Facebook today

Today I woke up very early and I immediately went to my phone to read more about the unprecedented meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis that took place in Havana yesterday. While this seems a blip in the news to most of the world, this is incredibly significant. I suppose if you are reading this blog, you will be inclined to agree, but I’m astounded by seeing more photos of Pope Francis in a sombrero on social media, than with Patriarch Kirill!

The full text of their joint declaration, an almost unimaginable thing, can be found at this link. Their prayers and pleas for unity, peace, justice, and more are quite moving and are worth the time it will take to read the declaration. It is astounding and a cause for joy! Remember that Jesus came so that as Jesus said: “so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”

As it happens, I wrote the daily reflection in Give Us This Day today. Now these assignments can come up to a year in advance, so I it was done some time ago, and who knew that this moment would be in the news. When I wrote it, my entire focus was on Continue reading

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Pilgrimage with Pope Francis – Two days, two thoughts

Photo credit: Michelle Francl © Used with permission

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.

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Pilgrimage with Pope Francis – Peace

Inter_religious_prayer_service_at_Ground_Zero_with_Pope_Francis_Sept_25_2015_Credit_EWTN_CNA_9_25_15Pope 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?

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Pilgrimage with Pope Francis – Common Good

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Pilgrimage with Pope Francis – Discomfort

Pope Francis, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Used with permission

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

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A Pilgrim Journey with Pope Francis – Praying in silence

150922163524_papa_virgen_caridad_del_cobre_624x351_afp_nocreditPope 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

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Laetare Sunday – Rejoice

JUBILEE-YEAR-OF-MERCYToday we celebrate Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent – a day meant for rejoicing. Not unlike King Cyrus declaring the return to Jerusalem to our beleaguered Jewish ancestors during the Babylonian exile, Pope Francis brings us news to make Laetare Sunday especially joyful this year!

From America Magazine:

“In a surprising and far-reaching decision, Pope Francis has announced an extraordinary “Jubilee of Mercy” that will extend from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, and will involve the Catholic Church throughout the world.”

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