Blog Posts for "Pope Francis"

Laudato Si’, Livestock and Lifestyle...

Did you know that what you choose to eat is the most important decision you make every day affecting the planet? Perhaps like many Christians I rarely in the course of my daily routine ever reflected upon this question. And until March 7th of last year, I was a product of the predominant narrative that the consumption of fossil fuels was the root and largest cause of our global climate crisis. Well, that night the narrative for me unexpectedly changed since I had been looking up the schedule of a local environmental film festival and stumbled upon the title, ...

A Footnote on the Family

It's rare that people pay much attention to footnotes.  They are, by their nature, often pretty dry and inconspicuous.  When I was in law school and writing papers that I hoped would one day be published in legal and other journals, I learned to see footnotes in a new light.  In addition to providing citations of sources and summarizing the holdings of particular cases, they could also be used to provide information that, while not essential to the argument or discussion in the main body of the text, was nonetheless significant.  In fact, some footnotes...

Synod Sign-Off

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time   I don’t read Italian, so I have not yet been able to read the final report of the just-completed Synod on the Family, which is still being translated (not a small task, since it is over 90 pages). News reports, however, suggest that it will restate longstanding Church teachings on marriage and family life while urging more pastoral openness and understanding as well as better support for married couples and families. Those same reports also noted the conflicts that were present among the bishops who gathered and voted on the various paragraphs,...

How This Man Inspires?

Sometimes it is hard to put experiences into words. The experience of a lifetime was given to me last week. Last Thursday I was not planning on doing anything over the weekend, but then one of the brothers gave me news about tickets for the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. When I heard about it, I just couldn’t believe it, but a part of me was holding back because I didn’t know how this was going to work out. At some point, I decided that I had to let go and go on this great adventure...

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