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God’s Word Made Flesh: Faith and Science in Dialog

Screen shot 2015-06-25 at 8.53.28 pm Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time [Part 3 of a continued reflection on the encyclical Laudato Si’:  On Care for Our Common Home] In Chapter 2 of Laudato Si’ Pope Francis turns from an exposition of various illnesses afflicting the world and the human family to the development of a treatment plan rooted in faith and the Bible.  He begins by reemphasizing the necessity for science and religious to be in dialog:   If we are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable of remedying the damage we have done, no branch of the sciences and...

The Symptoms of a Sick Patient

E St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More In a noted interview with the editor of the Italian Jesuit Journal La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis said:  “I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.... And you have to start from the ground up.” The Pope has since returned several times in talks and...

Pope Francis’ Call to “Care for Our Common Home”

Screen shot 2015-06-18 at 2.31.58 pm Thursday of the 11th Week of Ordinary Time 2 Corinthians 11:1-11; Matthew 6:7-15 Today the Holy See officially released Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’:  On Care for Our Common Home.”  In the coming days and weeks, we will spend some time summarizing and reflecting on it.  Just as St. Paul does in so many of his letters to the various churches, the Pope writes with great passion and powerful imagery.  In the passage of 2 Corinthians for today’s Mass, for example, Paul tries to convince his audience of his dedicated service to them...

Laudato Si is Coming

Screen shot 2015-06-15 at 6.38.15 pm While an Italian version has reportedly and regrettably already leaked by a newspaper in that country, Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si, is scheduled for official release this Thursday.  The title comes from the litany of praises that Francis of Assisi offered to God in the Canticle of the Creatures for the things of earth and heaven, life and death, as well as those who forgive.  In the same song, he called blessed those who endure in peace and do God’s will. An encyclical is a pastoral letter written by the...