Monthly Archives: October 2016

More Concern on Pope Francis and Proselytizing

One of my good friends from St Blog’s (and an occasional foil) is concerned about remarks by Pope Francis on proselytizing. According to CatholicCulture: It’s not right to convince someone of your faith. Proselytism is the strongest venom against the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 193: Historical Memory

We think of history as a rational discipline, looking to books and websites to give us the facts. The truth is that shared memories, whiloe perhaps not wholly accurate, involve more than the sharing of events. In sharing memories, we … Continue reading

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26 Days

Maybe it’s that my facebook feed is getting more hammered than before with political posts, but I’m bothered more by some of the followers than by the candidates. Though it’s still a close race between the two groups. A few random … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 192: Bridging Gaps

One of Pope Francis’s predecessors addressed the plight of the elderly in a 1981 apostolic exhortation. He gets the first word in today’s section: 192. Saint John Paul II asked us to be attentive to the role of the elderly … Continue reading

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Guide and Bless

I didn’t like Galatians at first. By that crack, I probably mean both the community and the letter penned by the apostle which largely criticizes it. But these days, I’ve come to terms with the more antagonistic pieces of my … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 191: Elderly Persons

In this section, the Holy Father turns his attention to older members of our families. There is certainly a public policy issue for communities and nations in how we treat the eldertly and care for them. Families are not without … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 190: New Ways of Being Daughters and Sons

Adults often struggle with baggage brought into a marriage. Husband and wife leaves parents–this is not only a social necessity, but a Biblical imperative: 190. There is, however, another side to the coin. As the word of God tells us, … Continue reading

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New Cardinals

It’s been some time since I got excited about the College of Cardinals. I’ve long thought that how cardinals were chosen needed some upgrading. Lay people and women, please. But if they needed to be bishops, then the best bishops, … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 189: A Bond Between Generations

More on the theme of being an offspring of parents, and more original guidance from the weekly catechesis of Pope Francis: 189. Hence, “the fourth commandment asks children… to honor their father and mother (cf. Ex 20:12). This commandment comes … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 188: Being Sons and Daughters

Looking at the extended family, the realization beckons that not only are we a daughter or son of God, but we are all a daughter or son of the people who conceived us and gave birth to us: 188. First, … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 187: Extended Family

Paragraphs 187 through 198 look at “Life in the Wider Family.” A brief introduction to the theme: 187. The nuclear family needs to interact with the wider family made up of parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and even neighbors. This … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 186: The Eucharist And The Family

Today, we read of the connection between scandalous behavior in the Body (AL 185) and previous discussion (181-183) of the family that reaches out to those in need. First, a concern about divisions within: 186. The Eucharist demands that we … Continue reading

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Fun With Coins: Nickels Are Mostly Copper

The US Mint fiddled with metal combinations after the Civil War. Years prior, they produced three- and five-cent pieces in silver for years. The latter were known as half dimes from the 1790’s. They were smaller than dimes, and perhaps … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 185: Discerning The Body

Today, something of an aside. Pope Francis mentions “the body” in his heading. Let’s read briefly on Christ’s Body, the Church: 185. Along these same lines, we do well to take seriously a biblical text usually interpreted outside of its … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 184: Families Summarized

The pope summarizes recent paragraphs. 184. By their witness as well as their words, families speak to others of Jesus. Families have three tasks: They pass on the faith, they arouse a desire for God and they reflect the beauty of … Continue reading

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