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Forthcoming Doc on Family

In three days, the Vatican releases the Pope Francis post-synod document Amoris Laetitia–in the vernacular, the Joy of Love. Lots of ink and screen pixels have been spent on the topic of the family. Nothing really significant here, but a few … Continue reading

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Aiming For Unconditional Love

The Holy Father finished the text release of his synod-concluding speech with an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word. The last letter begins a brief arrow to a common action for all believers. Let’s read: Aiming to … Continue reading

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Invention or Innovation?

The Holy Father’s acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word moves to the seventh letter in seven days. I’m a skeptic on the idealization of “programs.” But Pope Francis looks at four areas of ministry which do not … Continue reading

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Laboring for Strong and Faithful Families

Does the Holy Father care about so-called faithful Catholics? It would seem so. He devoted one reflection on “FAMIGLIA” to the notion that we should work to assist those who remain faithful in the midst of obstacles:. Laboring intensely to sustain … Continue reading

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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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