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We Are Not a Religion of Ideas, but a People Who Follow Jesus Christ

Pope at Mass: Church is not just a school of religion  The Christian who does not witness to the faith becomes sterile. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope drew inspiration from the martyrdom of St. Stephen, narrated in the Acts of the Apostles. The…

Are We Following Jesus for Personal Gain or because We Love Him?

Pope: Christians must keep away from vanity, power and greed  Pope Francis on Monday [May 5, 2014] warned that there are people in the Church that follow Jesus for vanity or thirst for power and wealth, and he prayed the Lord to give us the grace to follow him for love. The Pope was speaking…

The Road to Emmaus is a Symbol of our Journey of Faith

On the Journey of Faith “There is always a Word of God that gives us direction after we have become confused” Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address before and after the recitation of the Regina Coeli today to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Dear brothers and sisters, hello! This Gospel…

Jesus is Here Today. He is Here among Us.

Pope Francis: Mass of thanksgiving for St. John Paul II visited the central Roman church of St. Stanislaw on Sunday morning [May 4, 2014]. St. Stanislaw’s is the Polish national church in Rome, and serves the significant Polish population in the city. The Holy Father made the visit in order to celebrate a Mass of…

Find Your Gifts and Be What You Are

Find Your Gifts and Be What You Are – As Seen in a Commerical By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of our tasks in life is to discover what our gifts are and what they are not. Having discovered our gifts, we do well to rejoice in them and not try to be what we are…

The Difference Easter Made

The difference Easter made George Weigel April 29, 2014 One of the striking things about the Easter and post-Easter narratives in the New Testament is that they are largely about incomprehension: which is to say that, in the canonical Gospels, the early Church admitted that it took some time for the first Christian believers to…

Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: Men of Courage

Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: men of courage  It was the day of the four Successors of Peter. The first to appear on the dais of Saint Peters’ Basilica was the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Dressed in white he passed beneath the banners of the two Saints to be canonized during Holy Mass…

Pope Francis Thanks Poland and Bergamo for the Gift of Two Great Saints

Pope thanks Poland, Bergamo for gift of two great saints  In messages to both residents of Poland and Bergamo, Pope Francis conveyed his gratitude for Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, saying that their holiness continues to inspire the Church today. “I thank the Polish people and the Church in Poland for the gift…

We Are Afraid of Joy

Pope Francis: There are “bat-like Christians” who prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord  Pope Francis said there are Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection and who instead prefer sadness and staying in the shadows just like bats. The importance of Christians being joyful, rather than sad or fearful,…