Showing posts tagged as 'papacy'

The Francis Factor

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Papacy

March 21, 2014 07:26

shoesEarlier this week, in honor of the 1st Anniversary of the papacy of Pope Francis, an event took place at Loyola University in Baltimore calledThe Francis Factor. Although I wasn't able to attend myself, I was grateful that the Archdiocese of Baltimore streamed it live on their website.All the presenters, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley from Boston, were first-rate. Anyone interested in how...


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Pope Francis

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Papacy

November 13, 2013 01:34

popeI for one continue to be impressed with Pope Francis. Just the other day, he was photographed hugging and kissing a man who clearly had a very debilitating skin condition. Without a doubt, the man would be treated as an outcast by most by many, and maybe some of us would avoid contact with him at all costs. But not the new pope.


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A Pope Named Francis

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Spirit

March 16, 2013 19:23

francisWith so much activity this past week, I didn't have the chance to post anything about the new Pope, Francis I.I have to admit that I've been really impressed with this man, an unlikely candidate going into the conclave. The old saying, "the cardinal who goes into the conclave a pope always comes out a cardinal" was proven true once again. As I sat taking it all in, I remembered something my...


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Waiting for a new Pope

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Prayer, Spirit

March 12, 2013 15:38

blacksmokeThe Catholic Church has been on a bit of a roller coaster recently. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned a few weeks ago, it was the first time in centuries that something like this had happened.With the help of modern media, people like you and me are more in tune to what's happening over in Rome than ever before.I'm not sure what the answer is, but as I watched the television this morning and saw...


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What A Week

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Papacy, Prayer

February 16, 2013 18:27

bonsecour2Wow, what a crazy week this has been! We started the week with the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict. As the week went on, we learned that there had been hints for quite some time that if the pope reached a point where he felt he couldn't fulfill his responsibilities, he would step down. It certainly is a time to pray for the Holy Spirit's wisdom!Next, we've had a week of near miss...


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A Dose of Humility

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Papacy, Prayer

February 11, 2013 08:39

beneThis past weekend, I started reading a terrific new book by Jim Manney. God Finds Usis all about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, something near and dear to my heart.As it turns out, early this morning I was reading the chapter entitled "It's Supposed to Be Hard," and the focus is on what Ignatius had to say about humility.


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Blessed John Paul II

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Papacy

May 01, 2011 07:21

For the past ten years, Roman Catholics have been celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a day to be reminded of the infinite mercy of God, and the grace available to all those who turn to Him and accept that mercy.This Divine Mercy Sunday, a special event has just occurred in Rome. Pope John Paul II has been beatified, which is the Church's official recognition of...


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Pope John Paul II

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Papacy, Prayer

April 02, 2011 06:42

It's hard to believe six years have gone by since Pope John Paul II went home to the Father's house. It is hard to imagine that there will ever be another pope like him. His legacy will be felt and studied for centuries. In the weeks to come, he'll be recognized for his saintly qualities and his remarkable life. For today, I thought this little meditation from the band U2 would be a nice way to...


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Lead Kindly Light

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Prayer, Spirit

September 19, 2010 05:55

I hope you're having a good weekend. I just got back from a quick trip to South Carolina, and today marks the beginning of my parish's religious education year. Say a prayer for us :)Over the past few days Pope Benedict has been in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit is to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). For those that don't know, beatification is the last step in the...


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Peter and Paul

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy

June 28, 2010 21:26

Tomorrow the Church marks the great feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Years ago, when I was in the seventh grade and getting ready to be confirmed, I chose the name Peter as my confirmation name. As best I can recall, the sole reason was that Peter and Paul sounded good together. That's a seventh grader for you :/It was only in my adulthood that I began understanding the spiritual connection...


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