Pope Francis challenges religious to witness to Christ’s poverty
“You do not need theoretical poverty,” he said. Rather, religious should be conformed to the poor Christ: “this poverty is a solidarity full of love, sharing, and charity, and is expressed in sobriety, in the pursuit of justice and joy of the essential,” and is learned “by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, in the poor, in the sick, in children.”
'Great love of Jesus' is best treasure anyone can have, inmates told
"You guys are great," the boyish-looking, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample told the men the night of March 4. "Just about every congregation on the outside should be ashamed by your enthusiastic responses and singing." The inmates seemed deeply impressed by his comments about their Mass attendance and uttered a thank-you in response.
Led by the Spirit into the Desert…
This ancient practice of setting aside 40 days in order to enter - in Jesus - into the desert places in our own daily lives and confront the temptations and struggles we face - is a gift. It comes from the Lord and is offered through the Church who is our mother. The Church as mother and teacher knows just what we need. We all know the truth and need to be honest, particularly so during Lent. We all struggle with disordered appetites and unconverted ways of thinking and living. We also demonstrate in our daily lives a lack of charity in our relationships with others.
Do not dialogue with Satan, but take refuge in God’s Word, Pope says
“Jesus decisively rejects all these temptations and reaffirms [His] firm intention to follow the path established by the Father, without any compromise with sin or with the logic of the world,” the Pope continued. “Note well how Jesus responds: He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, because he is so cunning.”
Catholic Officials: Release of Kidnapped Nuns Was Answer to Prayers
Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham said March 10 that he felt "a wave of joy" along with "thousands and thousands" of other people when he heard the nuns had been freed a day earlier. Islamist rebels claimed responsibility for the abduction of the nuns in December from Syria's ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken.
Cardinal Dolan: Pope wants to understand-- not endorse-- civil-union proposals
Appearing on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” Cardinal Dolan said that in a recent Italian interview, Pope Francis was not indicating that the Church would favor civil-union proposals. “It wasn’t as if he came out and approved them,” the cardinal said. “He said, ‘Rather than quickly condemn them, let’s just ask the questions as to why that has appealed to certain people.’”
In first year, Pope Francis has challenged 'all' to live Gospel
Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, said March 6 that “Francis has taught us many lessons in the first year of his papacy, reminding the faithful that the preferential option for the poor is a central mission of the Church…this has made his papacy particularly meaningful to those of us at Catholic Relief Services.”
Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere
Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle
A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful with his life and not just push papers in an office. As an office worker his story struck a chord with me and I began to wonder, Can you only be holy if you work for the Church? Are those who work in an office destined to live a life of mediocrity without meaning?
One way to think about Lent is to think of it as a kind of spiritual spring-cleaning. What clutter or sin has accumulated in our lives over the past year that it is time to let go of? Do we need to forgive someone? Ask forgiveness? Make time for prayer or service? What is preventing us from being the people God longs for us to be? After all, Lent comes from the Old English word “lencten” which means spring.
Thomas Aquinas: Child of Christ
There are a great many saints who will never be known on this side of God’s grace, whose lives merited heavenly bliss but not the history books. This host of secret saints represents the central secret of what it means to be a saint: who a person is is more important than what a person does. In other words, the prestige of sainthood is not necessarily determined by what is done but how it is done.
Lent and the Purple Monster
A short time before, my parents had taken the significant step of letting me to go to the movies by myself. That meant that every Friday after supper I trooped off to the local movie palace with a gang of neighborhood kids and plunked down my quarter to see a cowboy movie and the latest installment of the current serial.