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My Fourth and Final Article on “Fratelli Tutti”

I have finished my fourth and final article in my series, Our Relationships With Others, reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  As I complete this series, please note that the four articles do not cover the entirety of the encyclical.  I selected the four topics for my articles based questions people have asked me […]

Seeking Real Dialogue

I just completed the third article, “Seeking Real Dialogue”, in my series, “Our Relationships With Others”. In the first two articles I took an instructive approach. In this third article, I continue to seek to help readers understand what Pope Francis wrote while encouraging us to think about it in our own actions. Once again, […]

Second Article Reflecting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”

I just posted to my website the second article, “The Right to Private Property and Loving Our Neighbor” in my series, “Our Relationships With Others” reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. I hope it is helpful for you. Peace, Fr. Jeff

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical – “Fratelli Tutti”

I recently finished reading Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti On Fraternity and Social Friendship.  I read it in book form (Cottbus, Germany:  HijezGlobal Press. 2020).  You can also find it online on the Vatican website at http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html. I found several interesting discussions in it and expect to write three or four blog articles from […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 22:19-23Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 (8bc)Romans 11:33-36Matthew 16:13-20August 23, 2020 Jesus asks the question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  I pose a slightly different question, why do you think He asks. Jesus is not running for election.  So, He’s not checking the polls […]

Conflict and the “Joy of the Gospel”

I have been reading Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) for the last couple of weeks (I read slowly as I reflect over the text).  I just read paragraph 227 and was deeply struck by it.  I think it is very relevant today as we watch conflicts between individuals, political parties, nations, and religions.  […]

We Have a Pope

Today we have a new Pope, Francis I.  It is Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentine.  You can read more about him at http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301150.htm.    As he begins his papacy, I will be praying for him as our Pope and invite all of you to do the same. Peace, Fr. Jeff

It Begins

I write this at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  That means the cardinals have celebrated the Mass that opens the conclave and are now in the process of moving into the locked conclave. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel tells of his vision of the restoration of the temple.  He writes in the time […]

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI

I write at 2:43 p.m. local time or 8:43 p.m. in Rome (on February 28th).  That means Pope Benedict XVI resignation went into effect 43 minutes ago.  It was not a simple decision for him to retire, especially since there is no retirement provision for popes.  That’s why all the headlines say he resigned.  Our […]

Some Resources from the USCCB on the Papal Transition

Here is a link to some resources from the USCCB on the process as Pope Benedict XVI resigns and a new pope is elected. http://usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/pope-benedict-xvi/papal-transition-2013-graphics-downloads.cfm Peace, Fr. Jeff