Blog Posts for "Pope Francis"

Another Question to Ask

Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11; Luke 10:25-37   “Who is my neighbor?” That’s the question a scholar of the law asked Jesus when, as Luke puts it, the man wanted “to justify himself.”  That is, he wanted to clarify if not rationalize his observance of God’s law of love.  But in his story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus challenges him and us with a deeper question, one that was posed in a different set of circumstances to Jonah:  How will I respond to who...

“What Now?”

St. Wencesalaus, Martyr St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs Zechariah 8:1-8; Luke 9:46-50 Pope Francis is back in Rome after his historical and energizing visit to Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. Whether, he engaged large crowds at the U.S. Capital, the UN Headquarters, Madison Square Garden and Independence Hall or whether he was meeting with nuns, homeless men and women, school children, prisoners or abuse victims, he came before them as a pastor. The crowds, the rock star media coverage, and his inspiring messages (especially when he spoke “off script”) are now part of history....

Mercy: the Greatest Sacrifice

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Matthew 9:9-13 Today’s feast and its accompanying readings are fortuitous as our nation prepares to welcome Pope Francis after his visit to Cuba.  In his homilies and speeches in Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia it will not be surprising if we are reminded again of our call to be “missionary disciples” and ministers of the New Evangelization; to reach out in a special way to people on “the existential peripheries” of society (i.e. the poor and marginalized); and to make the Church a ...

New Wine, Fresh Wineskins, Ancient Vineyard

Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 5:33-39 Most people have probably never heard of vitiligo. It’s a condition that causes a person to lose pigment in portions of his or her skin, leaving it appear blotched, particularly in people with darker skin.     On the other hand, most of us can vividly remember adolescence and the self-consciousness, insecurities, raging hormones, fluctuating emotions and hierarchies of popularity, along with all of the drama that sometimes accompanied that volatile mix.  Valerie Herrera, a 17 year-old student at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, suffers from vitiligo.  When she was in...

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