Faith and Justice: In the last chapter of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that the path to change comes through education and spirituality.
Growing up, the priest would sometimes end Mass with a prayer for the “conversion of the Jews.” Nostra Aetate, celebrating 50 years, showed that teaching can, and sometimes should, change.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus doesn't want everyone to be destitute. ... God made the earth and the planets and everything that is as a gift for all of us."
The Francis Chronicles: The path to conversion, Pope Francis said, is made "a little bit each day" even when there are difficulties.
How often do we secretly find ourselves standing with James and John, hoping for the public recognition of being with Jesus in glory? Having read the Scriptures and learned something of manners, few of us would be as unsophisticated and obvious as they were. (Matthew 20:20-23 makes their mother the petitioner, thus salvaging something of the brothers' reputation.)
Young Voices: We Catholics like visible signs that point to bigger realities. And for my money, there’s no better tangible sign of hope than Cubs fans at Wrigley Field.
Have you ever felt that the challenges of being an authentic disciple are just too great? Have you ever been overwhelmed by Jesus' teachings? Love your enemies; pray for your persecutors. Offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other. In giving alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure. Store up treasure in heaven. Forgive without limit. Do not turn away the borrower. Sell what you have and give to the poor. Judge not, lest you be judged.
Young Voices: Any honest examination of my life makes that clear that boredom is powerful, more so perhaps because it's impossible to avoid.
I slid into the fourth pew from the back on the left side of Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University. It was a 1975 summer evening with a soft sun backlighting the five-paneled stained-glass window featuring the Sacred Heart of Jesus behind the altar. It was quiet, a solemn quiet. I was on my knees and then, in a slow-moving but eerie transition, I was no longer in the fourth pew from the back on the left side of the chapel in Georgetown University.
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.