Feb 072018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 1 November 2017 to 7 February 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

General Audiences

Homilies

Messages

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “A faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow.” @Pontifex 1 February 2018
  • “May every person come to Christ, the Light of Truth, and may the world advance along the path of justice and peace.” @Pontifex 2 February 2018
  • “A life of faith means wanting to be with the Lord, and that means constantly searching for Him wherever He is.” @Pontifex 3 February 2018
  • “Jesus wants to be found by those who look for Him. But to look for Him we have to get up and go out.” @Pontifex 4 February 2018
  • “One who is aware of his own wretchedness and lowers his gaze with humility feels God’s merciful gaze set upon him.” @Pontifex 5 February 2018
  • “All of us are called to commit ourselves to protecting minors in the digital world.” @Pontifex 6 February 2018
  • “As we grow in our spiritual lives, we realize how Grace comes to us and to others, and must be shared with everyone.” @Pontifex 7 February 2018

Papal Instagram

Jan 312018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 16 January 2018 to 31 January 2018.

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

Homilies

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “I would like to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace, a journalism created by people for people.” @Pontifex 24 January 2018
  • “The most radical antidote to the virus of falsehood is purification by the truth.” @Pontifex 24 January 2018
  • “Prayer allows us to see one another the way God our Father sees us, and to realize that we are brothers and sisters.” @Pontifex 25 January 2018
  • “Christian joy cannot be bought. It comes from faith and from meeting Jesus Christ, who is the reason for our happiness.” @Pontifex 26 January 2018
  • “Here we are, Lord, ashamed of what humanity, made in your image and likeness, is capable of doing. Remember us in your mercy.” @Pontifex 27 January 2018
  • “I pray for those who suffer from Hansen’s Disease and I encourage those who are committed to their care and reintegration into society.” @Pontifex 28 January 2018
  • “Through prayer we can enter into a stable relationship with God, the source of true joy.” @Pontifex 29 January 2018
  • “Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity, are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day.” @Pontifex 30 January 2018
  • “Jesus is our mediator, who reconciles us not only with the Father but also with each other.” @Pontifex 31 January 2018

Papal Instagram

Jan 242018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 6 December 2017 to 24 January 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

Homilies

Messages

Prayers

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “The Gospel message is a source of joy: a joy that spreads from generation to generation and which we inherit.” @Pontifex 18 January 2018
  • “Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death” @Pontifex 19 January 2018
  • “Praise to you, Lord, for this wonderful creation that is the Amazon people, and for all the biodiversity these lands contain!” @Pontifex 19 January 2018
  • “There is no better medicine to heal so many wounds than a heart capable of mercy.” @Pontifex 20 January 2018
  • “Don’t waste time hiding your heart. Fill your life with the Holy Spirit!” @Pontifex 21 January 2018
  • “The Lord calls you today to travel with Him through the city, your city. He calls you to be His missionary disciple.” @Pontifex 21 January 2018
  • “I am grateful to all who have accompanied me on my pilgrimage to Chile and Peru in so many ways, especially with prayer.” @Pontifex 22 January 2018
  • “Prayer that purifies, strengthens and illuminates our path is like fuel for our journey towards full Christian unity.” @Pontifex 23 January 2018
  • “There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences.” @Pontifex 24 January 2018
  • “I would like to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace, a journalism created by people for people.” @Pontifex 24 January 2018

Papal Instagram

Jan 232018
 

Eight years ago I posted on my favorite new podcast “A Good Story is Hard to Find”.

Eight years later Julie Davis from Happy Catholic and Scott Danielson a contributor to SFFaudio have kept the promise of their tagline “Two Catholics talking about books, movies, and the traces of ”one Reality“ they find there.”

I was invited on their show and am part of the recent episode of their podcast. As a book I picked A. Merritt’s “The Ship of Ishtar”, a sword and sorcery novel from 1924. Abraham Merritt was a wonderful writer and one of the best of the pulp era. This novel is an interesting take on a lost civilization across time using an avatar to bridge the six thousand years.

While we talked about his novel the conversation explored a number of topics. I had great fun participating.

Download or listen via this link: |Episode #174|

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Jan 172018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 18 November 2017 to 17 January 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

General Audiences

Homilies

Messages

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “If we fail to suffer with those who suffer, even those of different religions, languages or cultures, we need to question our own humanity.” @Pontifex 11 January 2018
  • “The encounter with God and our brothers and sisters cannot wait just because we are slow or lazy. We are called to that encounter today!” @Pontifex 12 January 2018
  • “We must not wait to be perfect before responding to the Lord who calls us, but rather open our hearts to His voice.” @Pontifex 13 January 2018
  • “We should work to accommodate, to protect, to promote and to integrate whoever is forced to leave their own home and undergo moments of real difficulty. @M_RSection” @Pontifex 14 January 2018
  • “I ask you to accompany me on my journey to Chile and Peru in your prayers.” @Pontifex 15 January 2018
  • “We pray to God for the courage to ask forgiveness and to learn how to listen to what he is saying to us.” @Pontifex 16 January 2018
  • “Listening to religious teaching or learning a doctrine is not enough. What we want is to live as Jesus lived.” @Pontifex 17 January 2018

Papal Instagram

Jan 132018
 

Panic occurred this morning when Vatican employee accidentally triggered this @Pontifex tweet.

“SECOND COMING INBOUND. SEEK IMMEDIATE REPENTANCE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The Vatican quickly announced that this is a false alarm since they don’t know the day or the hour or are they given five minutes warning.

Jan 102018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 January 2018 to 10 January 2018.

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

Homilies

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “God became a child to be closer to the men and women of every time, and to show us His infinite tenderness.” @Pontifex 4 January 2018
  • “God walks along the dusty paths of our lives and responds to our longing for love and happiness by calling us to joy.” @Pontifex 5 January 2018
  • “Like the Magi, believers are led by faith to seek God in the most hidden places, knowing that the Lord waits for them there.” @Pontifex 6 January 2018
  • “Baptism is also called ‘illumination’, because faith illuminates the heart and allows us to see things in a different light.” @Pontifex 7 January 2018
  • “Let us share the joy of our Christian brothers and sisters of the East who are celebrating Christmas today.” @Pontifex 7 January 2018
  • “Joy, prayer and gratitude are three ways that help us live authentically.” @Pontifex 8 January 2018
  • “A joyful soul is like healthy soil in which life can thrive and produce good fruit.” @Pontifex 9 January 2018
  • “The more we are rooted in Christ, the more we rediscover interior peace, even in the midst of daily challenges.” @Pontifex 10 January 2018

Papal Instagram

Jan 052018
 

It is not a secret that we know less about the Magi mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew than is popularly portrayed.

  • The number of them is not mentioned in the Gospels, just the number of gifts.
  • They were not kings.

The one fact that I though that we did know was that likely they were from Persia because of the use of the term Magi.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker in his new book Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men takes a dive into the history concerning this and comes up with some interesting answers. I found it a very worthwhile read. I enjoyed how he pieces together the clues and sets up the possible solution. He challenges both the scholars who think the visit of the Magi were not historical and those who thought the case they were from Persia was strong. He does it in such a way as to not saying his theory is the definitive answer, but to advance scholarship on this.

There was also some coverage regarding various theories regarding the Star of Bethlehem and it does a good job of covering in summary form some of these theories. The only weakness I found in this was a dependence of Herod the Great dying in 4 B.C., which has been commonly held. This dating is important in regards to various theories based on astronomy. Jimmy Akin has a good article regarding this dating which puts Herod’s death a couple years later Jesus’ birth and when Herod the Great really died.

Here is a recent article he wrote regarding his book.

Here is a review by Thomas L. McDonald in the National Catholic Register.