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Gaining and Rebuilding Trust

We continue with the final footnote from the synod-concluding speech of Pope Francis. Looking at “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word, we turn to what we seek to gain: Gaining and humbly rebuilding trust in the Church, which has been gravely … Continue reading

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Illuminating Consciences

The Holy Father turns his attention to those “assailed” in their sense of right and wrong. From the fourth letter of “FAMIGLIA,” let’s look at illumination: Illuminating consciences often assailed by harmful and subtle dynamics which even attempt to replace God … Continue reading

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Manifesting Mercy

The Holy Father had some footnotes for his synod-concluding speech last week. The final note was an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word. M is for Mercy, right? Manifesting and bringing God’s mercy to families in need; … Continue reading

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Approaching Others

We continue with the last footnote from the synod-concluding speech of Pope Francis. A is for “approaching others.” Approaching others, since a Church closed in on herself is a dead Church, while a Church which doesn’t leave her own precincts behind … Continue reading

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Forming New Generations

The Holy Father had some footnotes for his synod-concluding speech. The last one was an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for family, as you know. One a day for the coming eight days, leading off with F for “Forming … Continue reading

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Not A Straight Line

I was struck by a story Archbishop Cupich realted in his press conference. It reads: There was a priest who told me some years ago that he was doing a funeral a young man who had committed suicide. He was … Continue reading

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Looking For Ignatian Threads

Katherine asked about America‘s interview with R. R. Reno, theologian, editor, and occasional culture warrior. I realize there is little sympathy here for this writer; I’m interested in the accuracy of his reading of Jesuits. He is a brother Catholic, … Continue reading

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