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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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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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“What About You?”

I liked Pope Francis’s homiletic exploration of the call and response of one of my country’s great saints. It’s a question for the whole vector of the disciple’s life. (Pope Leo) asked her pointedly: “What about you? What are you … Continue reading

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The Impulse of Discernment

I remember that British politician who stepped down from Parliament after an Ignatian retreat. Did John Boehner have a similar moment? Pope Francis did speak of the fractiousness of politics yesterday. Mr Boehner had a good enough seat to look … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Thomas Merton

Pope Francis addressed Congress and all of the United States earlier today. I laud House Speaker Boehner for this initiative. The Holy Father lauded Thomas Merton for his “capacity for dialogue and openness to God” as well as his “contemplative … Continue reading

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Celebrity or Popularity, Front Porch Perspective

Matthew Schmitz on papal celebrity here. I am sure Mr Schmitz is partly right, partly wrong about his six talking points. 1. Personalities tend to be more popular than institutions. I think the First Things commentator has indulged a bit … Continue reading

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