Friday, 25 September 2015

Pope Francis Speaks to the Heart of the American People

Fr Juan Velez writes here & below:

In difficult times God raises men and women to rouse the Church. What does the Spirit say to the Churches? Religious truths are always the same, but in every time there are specific questions and pressing issues. Today our world faces the dictatorship of relativism, the attack on marriage and the unborn, and most recently the drastic increase in displaced peoples and families.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Pope & Obama

Falling into the Pit of Reality

Falling into the Pit of Reality

Disappointment comes when assistants realize the brokenness of the community, the lack of understanding and compassion of its leaders, sometimes their hardness or rigidity or their fear of intervening in difficult situations. They see the painful reality: L'Arche is not that wonderful, it is not perfect. These assistants fall from the skies of their ideal into the pit of reality. And the more they idealized the community, the more the fall is crushing.
Jean Vanier
Letter to My Brothers and Sisters in L'Arche
(1996) Introduction, p. 23

Friday, 18 September 2015

UNHIDDEN AND UNFROZEN - The Oratory, Birmingham

"We should pray for a wider diffusion of the earlier form of the Roman rite, in harmonious complementarity with the new rite that was constructed under the aegis of Blessed Pope Paul VI."

UNHIDDEN AND UNFROZEN - The Oratory, Birmingham

Monday, 14 September 2015

A spiritual meditation

A spiritual meditation: "Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted, or vexed, or irritated, or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me. And when I am blamed and despised, it is to have a blessed home within myself, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Heavenly Father in secret, and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is trouble."
- Canon Thomas Carter

Refuse to have kids? Then make room for migrants, Pope Francis says

.- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children.
“The migrant phenomenon is a reality…when there is an empty space, people look to fill it. If a country doesn't have children, migrants come to occupy that place,” the Pope said in a recent interview with Portugal-based Radio Renascença (Renaissance).
He referred to the staggeringly low number of births in countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain, where the current number of births falls, he said, at “almost zero percent.”
Francis said he is no stranger to the phenomenon of not wanting to have children, and that he encountered it in his own family when some years ago his Italian cousins said they preferred to travel or buy property rather than have children.
“So, if there are no children, there are open spaces,” he said. For him personally, the societal refusal to have children is part of a “culture of ‘well-being,’” in which the assurance that one’s personal needs and wants will be taken care of is emphasized to an exaggerated degree.
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Friday, 11 September 2015

Pope’s Morning Homily: 'Accusing Yourself is The First Step in Avoiding Hypocrisy'

“The man and woman who do not learn to accuse themselves become hypocrites,” he said.

“Everyone, eh? Everyone. Beginning with the Pope all the way down: everyone. If one of us does not have the ability to accuse themselves and then says [...] things about others, they are not Christian, they do not enter into this beautiful work of reconciliation, of peace, of tenderness, of goodness, of forgiveness, of magnanimity, of mercy that Jesus Christ has brought to us.”

The Jesuit Pope called on the faithful to pray for the Lord’s grace of conversion and to pause before pointing out another’s defects. Recalling St. Paul’s words, the Pope said that first step to magnanimity is to save those comments about others and instead make comments about ourselves.

“The one who only knows how to look at the speck in another’s eye, ends up in pettiness: a petty soul, full of trivialities, full of gossip,” he warned.

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DE MARIA NUMQUAM SATIS - The Oratory, Birmingham

DE MARIA NUMQUAM SATIS - The Oratory, Birmingham

Monday, 7 September 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

As Pope Francis makes provisions for priests and abortion, we must invoke Day's intercession

Mary O ' Regan writes:
In her youth, Dorothy Day was surrounded by many influential voices who encouraged her to be sexually active before marriage. Emma Goldman egged her on to try ‘free love’, but Day was reluctant to let go of her natural inhibitions and start sleeping around. Later Day would write in her own autobiography that she had been repulsed by Goldman’s many sexual affairs. A dear friend of Day’s, Peggy Baird tried to sell Day on the idea that extra-marital sex was a good thing because it broke down barriers between men and women. Baird was unnerved by Day’s unwillingness to give in to sexual desire.
As a 21 year old, Day did, however, have a dalliance with another journalist, and became pregnant as a result. The fellow was a cad and pressurised her to have an abortion, and in September 1919, 86 years ago this month, Day made a decision that she would bitterly regret for the rest of her life. She had an illegal abortion. Afterwards, Day was weighted down with a guilt-fuelled depression. Reflecting on Day’s distress, it calls to mind Pope Francis’ words this week, when he described post-abortion women as bearing, ‘the scar of this agonizing and painful decision’.
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