Feb 262018
 

OMAHA, Nebraska – It’s brought order out of chaos, meaning to a life that had become dry and mechanical, and a closeness to Christ that Chelsie Promes could not have imagined.

It’s the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – entry into full communion with the Catholic Church through months of classes and prayer that culminates with baptisms, confirmations and first Communions at Easter Vigils in parishes across the archdiocese.

“It has opened my eyes to seeing that God is always present,” Promes said of her growth in faith as she prepares to join the church. “He loves me. He is my first love. He’s given me a way of life. I can tell that by living through him, knowing he is at my side.”

Father James Keiter, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Menominee, where Promes and her husband are members, said Promes is one of three people he is helping prepare for full communion with the Church. Her husband, Jeremy, also is attending the classes.

“She’s on fire! Such a genuine joy as she learns about the faith,” said Keiter, who also is pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fordyce and St. Joseph Parish in Constance. “Her husband is Catholic born and raised, and he has questions, too.”

Nicely written story original from CNS by Joe Ruff. I would like to see more such stories regarding members of RCIA and what brought them to the Church.

Feb 212018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 10 February 2018 to 18 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

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “In our daily lives we experience the tenderness of God who lovingly saves us from our sins, fears and anxieties.” @Pontifex 15 February 2018
  • “The message of Jesus is troubling and disturbs us because it challenges worldly religious power and stirs consciences.” @Pontifex 16 February 2018
  • “Only those able to acknowledge their mistakes and ask pardon receive understanding and forgiveness from others.” @Pontifex 17 February 2018
  • “I wish you all a fruitful Lenten journey, and I ask you to pray for me and my collaborators as we begin our week of Spiritual Exercises.” @Pontifex 18 February 2018

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Feb 142018
 

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 February 2018 to 14 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

Speeches

Papal Tweets

  • “Let us welcome victims of human trafficking, and all those fleeing from war and hunger, with a compassionate heart.” @Pontifex 8 February 2018
  • “We cannot remain silent before the suffering of millions of people whose dignity has been wounded.” @Pontifex 8 February 2018
  • “Christians are called to keep alive the memory of how much God has done through them.” @Pontifex 9 February 2018
  • “The Lord is present in our lives, showing us all His love and encouraging us to respond with generosity.” @Pontifex 10 February 2018
  • “May the sick always be shown love in their fragility and respected in their inviolable dignity.” @Pontifex 11 February 2018
  • “To serve human life is to serve God and life at every stage: from the womb of the mother, to the suffering and sickness of old age.” @Pontifex 11 February 2018
  • “I feel deep pain for the many children torn from their families and forced to become child soldiers. This is a tragedy!” @Pontifex 12 February 2018
  • “We need the Holy Spirit to transmit the faith. We cannot do it alone.” @Pontifex 13 February 2018
  • “When we confess our sins with humility and sincerity, we receive forgiveness and are reunited with God and our brothers and sisters.” @Pontifex 14 February 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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