Aug 232017
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 15 August 2017 to 23 August 2017.

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

Messages

Papal Tweets

  • “May nothing stop you from living and growing in your Heavenly Father’s friendship, and from witnessing to His infinite goodness and mercy.” @Pontifex 17 August 2017
  • “I pray for all the victims of the attacks of these days. May the blind violence of terrorism no longer find room to exist in this world!” @Pontifex 19 August 2017
  • “We always need to rediscover God’s love and mercy in order to develop our relationship with Him.” @Pontifex 20 August 2017
  • “May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the whole world and heal the wounds of war and terrorism.” @Pontifex 21 August 2017
  • “When we are feeling sad, when it feels like everything is going wrong, we should remember: “God loves me. God never abandons me”.” @Pontifex 22 August 2017
  • “The Lord is close to all those who are victims of old and new forms of slavery: inhuman labour, illegal trafficking and exploitation.” @Pontifex 23 August 2017

Papal Instagram

Aug 222017
 

A recent decision by the Knights of Columbus has sown discord among some of the Knights of Columbus.

Earlier this month, the Knights of Columbus board of directors unanimously voted to adopt a new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind. While we understand that some members may prefer the old regalia, the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree members to put the good of the Order before any personal preference.

The previous regalia worn by Fourth Degree Knights.


Photo via Flick, Creative Commons

Is being replaced with a more modern version.

The move was in answer to comments received by prospective members put off by the historic regalia. While some see this as positive move, others are less pleased.

A new group calling themselves the “Pius Knights of Columbus” has split off ordaining there own board members in direct opposition to Supreme Knight Anderson and without receiving permission. These schismatic Knights consider the traditional regalia as “The Uniform for the Ages” which as been in use with some changes since 1900. They refer to the updated uniform pejoratively as the “Novus Uniformus” and don’t consider it valid regalia for events.

Some of these breakaway knights for further in believing that there is no current valid Supreme Knight and that the last valid Supreme Knight was Luke E. Hart who served from 1953–1964 and was instrumental in having “Under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of the “Pius Knights of Columbus” are petitioning Pope Francis to issue a Motu Proprio allowing a stable group of Knights to wear the uniform beyond the June 30, 2018 cutoff date.

Aug 212017
 

Invented for the iPhone, the new “Ooti the uterus” emoji app can be installed for $1.99 and comes with an assortment of smiley expressions and personas. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Leave it to Planned Parenthood to anthropomorphize the uterus and to dehumanize the unborn child.

I wonder if the Ooti sticker pack includes a perforated uterus sticker like the death at the hands of Planned Parenthood last year.

Aug 162017
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 6 August 2017 to 15 August 2017.

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

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General Audiences

Papal Tweets

  • “Jesus does not leave us alone because we are precious to Him.” @Pontifex 10 August 2017
  • “When something makes us suffer, let us listen to the voice of Jesus in our hearts: “Do not fear! Go ahead! I am with you!”” @Pontifex 11 August 2017
  • “Dear young people, you are the hope of the Church. Do you dream about your future? Then take part in #synod18! http://goo.gl/WghUvl ” @Pontifex 12 August 2017
  • “In Mary we see that humility is not a virtue of the weak but of the strong who don’t have to treat others badly to feel important.” @Pontifex 13 August 2017
  • “The journey of entrusting ourselves to the Lord begins every day, starting each morning.” @Pontifex 14 August 2017
  • “Mary’s Assumption regards our future: it turns our gaze heavenward announcing the new heaven and new earth with Christ’s victory.” @Pontifex 15 August 2017

Papal Instagram

Aug 152017
 

In related logic Darth Vader is on pace to virtually eliminate disease on Alderaan.

This CBS News promo tweet is just so vile “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” – learn more about the Culture of Death tonight at 10pm E.T. Nice teaser.

The worst part is that the stealthy modern eugenics movement is advancing with little outcry. The majority of children diagnosed with Down syndrome by a screening test are being aborted. Estimates in the United States that this happens 67% percent of the time with higher estimates in Europe. The American eugenics movement of the 20s through the 40s was quite rampant and it was mostly the horrors of the aftermath from Nazi Germany that for the time stopped the movement. Yet Germany took their lessons from us.

It seems there is a lot of errors from the past rearing their ugly heads. It is all so sickening.

Aug 092017
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 3 July 2017 to 9 August 2017.

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

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General Audiences

Messages

Papal Tweets

  • “In the name of Jesus we can make known, through our witness, that peace is possible!” @Pontifex 4 August 2017
  • “Other people are gifts to be received with respect, especially if they are weak and frail, because Christ comes to meet us in them.” @Pontifex 5 August 2017
  • “Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, but is able to see a tomorrow.” @Pontifex 6 August 2017
  • “Forgiveness sets our hearts free and allows us to start anew. Forgiveness gives hope. Without forgiveness, the Church is not built up.” @Pontifex 7 August 2017
  • “Today we give glory to God for the work of Saint Dominic in the service of the Gospel which he preached with his words and his life.” @Pontifex 8 August 2017
  • “In witnessing to the faith what counts is not success, but fidelity to Christ.” @Pontifex 9 August 2017

Papal Instagram

Aug 072017
 

Joe Manning has been attending daily Mass at St. Rita’s Catholic Church for the last ten months. He has not missed a day and while being quiet and attentive, has been ostracized by other daily Mass attenders. He has been wanting to get more involved in parish life, but is turned away.

A fellow parishioner, who wishes to be anonymous, told us. “While Joe seems to be a nice enough guy, there is just something off about him. Mostly we find his lack of a ”I Believe“ bumper sticker disturbing. We have them available for free on a chair at the back of the chapel. So what goes? Considering that every other daily Mass attendee has this sticker, he really sticks out.”

Another anonymous parishioner expressed similar thoughts. “Maybe it would be of no notice if he perhaps had a pro-life, Rosary, or other bumper sticker. But when it was noticed he didn’t even have a Rosary hanging on his mirror, we knew something was seriously wrong. I can’t fault his behavior at Mass, but if he really loved Jesus in the Eucharist then where is his ”I Believe“ sticker?”

Aug 022017
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 28 June 2017 to 2 August 2017.

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

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Messages

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.” @Pontifex 28 July 2017
  • “We call on all people of faith and good will to take action and oppose modern slavery in all its forms.” @Pontifex 30 July 2017
  • “Like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us be won over by the Lord Jesus and, led by Him, place ourselves at the service of others.” @Pontifex 31 July 2017
  • “We effectively do good when we do it without seeking reward and in the concrete situations of everyday life.” @Pontifex 1 August 2017
  • “The Gospel is Good News filled with contagious joy, for it contains and offers new life.” @Pontifex 2 August 2017

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Jul 262017
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 9 June 2017 to 26 July 2017.

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

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Daily Homilies (fervorinos)

Papal Tweets

  • “When we need help, let us turn to the Father who always looks on us with love and never abandons us.” @Pontifex 23 July 2017
  • “How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage so essential for each and every society!” @Pontifex 26 July 2017

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Jul 242017
 

15 years ago to day I started blogging with this post.

For the first six months my blog was named “Atheist to a Theist” and was hosted on what was blogspot.com at the time. After that I bought the domain <www.splendoroftruth.com> and have been blogging under the The Curt Jester ever since.

So a substantial bit of time since I became Catholic in 1999 has been involved in blogging, tweeting (10 years), and other social media. As somewhat of an introvert writing about the faith was a way to express the joy in me and of course to inflict terrible puns on others. For me blogging was a way to react to events and to think about my faith. Writing doesn’t come easily for me, but it forces me to try not to respond in a knee-jerk reaction and to put some thought behind those reactions.

Over the last 15 years this blog has changed in emphasis. I use to post on political topics frequently. When my wife was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2013 I spent less time time blogging. After her death in January it has only slowly increased since then. Being detached from blogging though has been good for me. I now blog when I want to and hardly give a thought to readership and how many “hits” my blog got. I use to give a lot of attention to my site meter, now hardly any attention at all.

We never know our future with any certainty and so how long this blog will be around is not certain. Still this has been a useful platform for me to think out loud. Plus of course there are always puns and parodies in my mind escaping to get out. The Jester in me needs an audience.

Plus the friendships and opportunities that developed from blogging has been a great blessing to me. Finding that I helped a few people along the way has also been humbling.