Saturday, November 30, 2013

Evangelii Gaudium On Homilies

This quote from Pope Francis about homilies really made me laugh; he says things you wouldn't expect a pope to say.

"We know that the faithful attach great importance to it, and that both they and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!"   (no. 135).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pope Francis and Saint Thomas

I'm working on getting the new document The Joy of the Gospel ready for publication (release date Jan. 1).
I noticed that Pope Francis has 13 footnotes from works of St. Thomas. That caught my interest. Pope Benedict, by comparison, didn't quote from St. Thomas too much. Of course St Augustine is Benedict's favorite.

This is an aspect of Francis that I need to find out more about.
Pope Francis' style didn't lead me to expect that he would be drawn to Thomas.

I will post more on this after I read the quotes in context.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Don't miss out on this

What if I told you that there is one spiritual practice that, if done well, could put you on the fast track to holiness?
And what if that practice is something that is easily available, yet neglected by most Catholics?
What if this one practice could go a long way to heal your relationships, with God and with others. Would you be interested?

Would you take advantage of this great secret?

The secret is the sacrament of Reconciliation. Yes, confession is the great secret to holiness. Why? Because it strikes at the heart of the one thing that most holds us back from loving God and others—sin.

Confession has many benefits. But the biggest benefit of all is that in confession, our sins are forgiven.
The great thing about confession is that we can know for certain that our sins are gone. That’s because we have the assurance of Jesus himself, and the power of the sacrament. Jesus said to the apostles on the evening of the first Easter: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:23). That power which Jesus gave to the apostles has been passed on in the Church, to every priest. 

All we have to do is repent and confess. Some people go through life burdened by guilt because they can’t forgive themselves for something. That’s tragic. Those kinds of thoughts are blocks to receiving God’s forgiveness through this sacrament. So take advantage of this sacrament that can transform your life.