May 232018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 13 May 2018 to 23 May 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

General Audiences

Homilies

Letters

Messages

Regina Coeli

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “I express my great sorrow over the dead and wounded in the Holy Land and the Middle East. Violence never leads to peace. Therefore, I call on all sides involved and the international community to renew efforts so that dialogue, justice and peace may prevail.” @Pontifex 16 May 2018
  • “God loves us in a way that crushes all loneliness and isolation.” @Pontifex 17 May 2018
  • “Mary lived Jesus’ Beatitudes like no other: she is saintly among the saints, she shows us the way to holiness and accompanies us.” @Pontifex 18 May 2018
  • “Never forget this golden rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Mt 7,12)” @Pontifex 19 May 2018
  • “Holy Spirit, you who sustain the Church, come down upon us again, teach us unity, renew our hearts, and help us to love as Jesus taught us.” @Pontifex 20 May 2018
  • “God needs people who bring His forgiveness and His mercy into the world.” @Pontifex 21 May 2018
  • “A Christian’s life should be invested in Jesus, and spent for others.” @Pontifex 22 May 2018
  • “A Church that loves the poor is always tuned to the God Channel. It never loses the Gospel signal.” @Pontifex 23 May 2018

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May 162018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 10 April 2018 to 16 May 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

General Audiences

Homilies

Regina Coeli

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “The Ascension of the Risen Jesus contains the promise that we too will participate in the fullness of life with God.” @Pontifex 10 May 2018
  • “We begin building peace in our homes, streets, and workplaces: wherever we craft communion and community.” @Pontifex 11 May 2018
  • “Your response to Jesus cannot be conditioned by momentary calculations and convenience. It must be a life-long “yes”.” @Pontifex 12 May 2018
  • “Our Lady of Fatima, turn your gaze towards us, towards our families, our country, and the world.” @Pontifex 13 May 2018
  • “I invite communications professionals to promote a journalism of peace at the service of all people, especially those without a voice. #WorldCommunicationsDay” @Pontifex 13 May 2018
  • “There is no freedom greater than letting yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead you wherever he wishes.” @Pontifex 14 May 2018
  • “The Family is the hope of the future. Let us pray especially for families facing serious difficulties: may Our Lord assist them.” @Pontifex 15 May 2018
  • “There is no love without works of charity. Service towards our brothers and sisters springs from the heart that loves.” @Pontifex 16 May 2018
  • “I express my great sorrow over the dead and wounded in the Holy Land and the Middle East. Violence never leads to peace. Therefore, I call on all sides involved and the international community to renew efforts so that dialogue, justice and peace may prevail.” @Pontifex 16 May 2018

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May 092018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 19 April 2018 to 9 May 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

General Audiences

Messages

Regina Coeli

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “In the Cross, Jesus showed us the greatness of His love and the power of His mercy.” @Pontifex 3 May 2018
  • “Joyfully performing works of charity for those who are suffering in mind and body, is the most authentic way to live the Gospel” @Pontifex 4 May 2018
  • “Every insult, injury or act of violence inflicted upon our neighbour, offends God our Father and Creator.” @Pontifex 5 May 2018
  • “How wonderful to be “envoys of hope”, simple and joyful messengers of the Easter acclamation.” @Pontifex 6 May 2018
  • “Convert our hearts, Lord, so that love may spread here on earth.” @Pontifex 7 May 2018
  • “Our Lady Queen of the Rosary, pray that Jesus may have mercy on us sinners.” @Pontifex 8 May 2018
  • “We are Christians to the extent that we allow Jesus Christ to live in us.” @Pontifex 9 May 2018

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May 052018
 

From then-Cardinal Ratzinger “On The Way To Jesus Christ

“Exodus, clearly pointed to Christ, the refusal to allow him to see and the restriction that he could only glimpse “the back of God” could not likewise be applied to Jesus. In the first instance, the figure of Moses accordingly represented both the mystery of Christ and the way of Jesus’ disciples; the second text, then, must point to them, that is, to all of us who believe in Christ. This is the basic thought in the patristic commentaries on Exodus 33; naturally their interpretations of this difficult text about seeing God’s back, about standing in the cleft of the rock beneath God’s hands, which cover our eyes, vary greatly as to the details. Personally, I always find particularly moving the commentary on this passage that Gregory of Nyssa gives. Being able to see God only from the back—what else does that mean, he says, but that we can only encounter God by walking after Jesus; that the only way we can see him is by following Jesus, which means walking behind him and thus going along behind God’s back.”

I copied a lot from this book into my quote journal.

May 022018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 20 April 2018 to 2 May 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

General Audiences

Homilies

Regina Coeli

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “God alone can give us true happiness. It’s useless wasting time looking for it elsewhere: in wealth, pleasure, and power.” @Pontifex 26 April 2018
  • “When we are open to God’s grace, even the impossible becomes possible.” @Pontifex 27 April 2018
  • “The Lord Jesus communicates His love for us, so that we can love God and our neighbor as He has loved us, by giving His life for us.” @Pontifex 28 April 2018
  • “I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.” @Pontifex 28 April 2018
  • “Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war.” @Pontifex 29 April 2018
  • “Be one with Christ when you pray, take care of your most vulnerable brothers and sisters, and work for peace.” @Pontifex 30 April 2018
  • “We celebrate St Joseph the Worker, never forgetting that work is a fundamental aspect of human dignity.” @Pontifex 1 May 2018
  • “Today, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love, as we recite the Rosary, we pray especially for peace in Syria and throughout the world. I invite you to pray the Rosary for peace during the entire month of May.” @Pontifex 1 May 2018
  • “Praying means being with God, experiencing God, loving God.” @Pontifex 2 May 2018
  • “Praying means being with God, experiencing God, loving God.” @Pontifex 2 May 2018

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Apr 262018
 

In which I start with a caveat from Fr. Dwight Longenecker.

I’ve held back from commenting on the Alfie Evans case so far because everybody else and his brother seem to be weighing in, and to be truthful, these cases are extraordinarily complex and I’m not a medical professional.

This whole story reminds me so much of the Terri Schiavo story. Again we have doctors on both sides saying different things. One side of the divide will quote some doctors and the other side different doctors.

Still like the Terri Schiavo story this is not fundamentally what the story is about. The doctors at the hospital where he is being treated might have the correct prognosis. Still whether this is true or not does not effect how Alfie is currently not being treated. Withdrawing nutrition and hydration is purposeful execution in this seeming circumstance. There is no indication that Alfie can’t process either or that they do him harm.

Still it is not surprising that many doctors don’t have the same understanding as Catholics in regard to withholding nutrition and hydration. Still neither are extraordinary means to maintain life. As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote this “always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act.”

Unfortunately there is another aspect of this case that mirrors the Terri Schiavo story.

Archbishop of Liverpool backs Alder Hey hospital in Alfie Evans case. Reminds me of the awful Bishop Robert Lynch in regards to Terri Schiavo.

So when I read this linked story I wondered what the heck Archbishop Mahon was thinking.

Father Longenecker puts it succinctly.

The fact that the Archbishop of Liverpool has taken the side of the hospital in this case is shocking. Does he not know the Catholic principles for end of life matters? Does he not stand up for them? Why on earth hasn’t Archbishop McMahon spoken clearly about the Catholic principles on end of life issues? This is not only for the sake of Alfie and his family, but it is a powerful teaching opportunity while the world’s media is watching.

Instead we get a bland, sentimental statement that the hospital has done all it possibly can. No. The medical staff are clearly contravening Catholic end of life issues. They are withholding nutrition and hydration from the child and they are therefore taking steps to intentionally end life.

The Archbishop could have backed the hospital in some aspects of the case and denounced them in others.

One of the most maddening parts of the story is that the parents are not allowed to take their child elsewhere. From the hospital to judges it makes no real sense. Maybe seeking treatment is futile, but what is to be lost by letting them try? I won’t speak about their motives – since I don’t know them and what I might conject is beyond my charitable imagination at the moment.

Still praying for Alfie and his parents, along with others has occupied some of my prayer time. Unfortunately I feel that this will just become another train of similar stories as in the Charlie Gard case.

Apr 252018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 28 April 2016 to 25 April 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

Daily Homilies (fervorinos)

General Audiences

Homilies

Letters

Messages

Regina Coeli

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “Mercy opens the doors of the heart because it makes us feel like we are all children of one Father.” @Pontifex 19 April 2018
  • “Today we recall the words of Don Tonino Bello: ”Works of charity are not enough, unless those works are done with charity“.” @Pontifex 20 April 2018
  • “All it takes to encounter God is to acknowledge that we are needy. And the key to that encounter lies in humbling ourselves.” @Pontifex 20 April 2018
  • “When we are full of self-importance, we leave no space for God. So let us ask the Lord for a conversion of heart.” @Pontifex 21 April 2018
  • “God calls each one of us, and each call is a gift that should fill us with joy.” @Pontifex 22 April 2018
  • “Let us follow the example of St Francis of Assisi and take care of our common Home.” @Pontifex 22 April 2018
  • “The Word of God is the lamp with which we look to the future: its light allows us to read the signs of the times.” @Pontifex 23 April 2018
  • “Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.” @Pontifex 23 April 2018
  • “Life only fully makes sense when it is given as a gift. It becomes tasteless when it is lived for itself alone.” @Pontifex 24 April 2018
  • “Authentic Christians are not afraid of opening up to others, of sharing their living spaces and transforming them into places of solidarity.” @Pontifex 25 April 2018

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Apr 242018
 

The phrase “No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible, No Bed!” is one coined by Father Larry Richards. I thinks I heard him mention it a couple of time on his radio show, but didn’t think much about it. When I saw him at our Eucharistic Congress this year the phrase sunk in a little bit more for me.

At first my reaction was “Well this is a good idea for other people, after all I read the Liturgy of the Hours, listen to homiletic podcasts, and have read through the Bible a couple of times.” Surely that’s enough. The more I thought about this the more lame this excuse sounded to me. So I started to take up daily scripture reading again.

“…If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time.” – The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

Chesterton is exactly right (as usual) and it is amazing that when you think you know something you start to see it for the first time. What I thought familiar had nuances I realized I only glimpsed at the surface. Intellectually I knew to some extent how polyvalent scripture was. I just needed to relearn that lesson.

I remember sometimes thinking while watching the Journey Home show on EWTN, former Protestant pastors talking about not really noticing a passage before. I was thinking DOH!, but then having to double-DOH! myself.

Apr 162018
 

As a pessimistic-optimist I was pretty skeptical about the Christ Renews His Parish Men’s Retreat. Thought it would be rather gimmicky team building.

Glad I was wrong. The witnessing by people telling their life stories was pretty powerful and the camaraderie was excellent. Pretty much impressed by this 36 hour retreat.

The range in ages of people there really ran the gamut. From 17 on up. Regardless of age it was men trying to take the next step in their faith lives. Just super impressed by the people I met.

I’m the type of introvert that does fine in group settings – especially as the class clown or jester in my case.

I mainly went to this retreat since I am trying to step out of my self-imposed isolation. Mostly I am fine just sitting at home reading. I keep myself amused. Not exactly the recipe for stepping out with the Gospel acclamation. So becoming active in my parish beyond attending Mass was my goal. I knew I needed community life because keeping to myself I have a fool as a companion.

Apr 112018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 21 January 2018 to 11 April 2018.

The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

Angelus/Regina Coeli

Apostolic Exhortation

General Audiences

Homilies

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “Let us go forward with the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection, knowing He is always by our side!” @Pontifex 5 April 2018
  • “The Word of God is a light in the darkness: it helps us face our difficulties without fear.” @Pontifex 6 April 2018
  • “Like the Good Samaritan, let us take care of those who are sick and suffering! #WorldHealthDay” @Pontifex 7 April 2018
  • “God covers us with His mercy, He enfolds us in Christ, so that we can become instruments of His goodness.” @Pontifex 8 April 2018
  • “Today God is still searching for hearts like Mary’s, hearts that are ready to trust in Him completely.” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “I wish to repropose the call to holiness: “Rejoice and be glad”. #GaudeteetExsultate https://t.co/cZxmUGpMW7” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “The Lord calls each of us to holiness, you too. #Holiness” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. #SaintsToday” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. #GaudeteetExsultate” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. #Holiness” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. #SaintsToday” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain. #GaudeteetExsultate” @Pontifex 9 April 2018
  • “Being poor of heart, reacting with meekness and humility, knowing how to mourn with others, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness. #SaintsToday” @Pontifex 10 April 2018
  • “Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love, sowing peace all around us, accepting daily the path of the Gospel, even though it may cause us problems: that is holiness. #SaintsToday” @Pontifex 10 April 2018
  • “The word ”happy“ or ”blessed“ becomes a synonym for ”holy“, because those faithful to God, by their self-giving, gain true happiness. #GaudeteetExsultate” @Pontifex 11 April 2018
  • “Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. #SaintsToday” @Pontifex 11 April 2018

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