Thursday, August 17, 2017

Advice from Bishop Barron: Read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce"



... Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. The inspiration for this theological fantasy is the medieval idea of the refrigerium, the refreshment or vacation from Hell granted to some of the souls abiding there. ...





A Bishop Explains Why You Should Read C.S. Lewis' Masterpiece "The Great Divorce" | ChurchPOP

Franciscan quotation


"It's 'Heaven Begun', for the grateful on earth." - Father Solanus Casey

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Franciscan quotation


O Lord, our God, you have proclaimed yourself to be the first and last. Teach your servant to show by reason what he holds with faith most certain, that you are the most eminent, the first efficient cause and the last end. - John Duns Scotus

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Franciscan quotation (More Archbishop Chaput)


In a world of hyperbole, duplicity, factual disfigurement, and spin, speaking plainly and living honestly in obedience to Jesus Christ is an abnormal behavior. - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Franciscan quotation


“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hetacombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we are ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?” - St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Alveda King: Abortion is Racism and Takes Away the Civil Rights of Unborn Babies



Racism is on our minds these days. Here's another way it is manifested.



Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Alveda King: Abortion is Racism and Takes Away the Civil Rights of Unborn Babies: Alveda King the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King jr is responding today to the white supremacy protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. King says the white supr

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Charlottesville thoughts


Under the Constitution, people have the right to voice their views - no matter how repugnant they are - as long as they do not commit acts of violence against others, encourage acts of violence against others directly or indirectly, or threaten or unjustly infringe upon the rights of others.

So the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville had a right to express their racist, repugnant views. But they did so in violent ways, prepared for violence with their weapons and shields, in defiance of the law. That was beyond what their "right" allowed.

And as a result, a woman is dead and many others injured.

Catholic leaders are right to denounce what happened.

The man directly involved in the killing is under arrest and face charges. I think others should face charges - criminal or civil - for what happened.

The sad thing is that there have been an increasing number of violent incidents from both the right and left. We saw the direct violence of the shooting at the softball field earlier this summer, and now this. I fear more is to come.

May God forgive us for allowing this to happen.

Let us pray that we can head off more such violence.

Let us look to our own words and actions that help to increase the violence in any way.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Franciscan quotation


Pornography, cohabiting, adultery - all these things push us away from God. They also inflict on us a kind of self-mutilation, as we sever what we do with our bodies from our true selves. - Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Franciscan quotation


No ignorance of truth is a personal sin before God, except that ignorance which springs from personal sin.  - Edward Cardinal Manning

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Franciscan quotation (St. Clare)


 
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation. - Saint Clare of Assisi         

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Tensions Escalate As North Korea Threatens To Deploy LCWR Nuns On West

Tensions Escalate As North Korea Threatens To Deploy LCWR Nuns On West

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Franciscan quotation



Beauty awakens the soul to act. - Dante

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Evangelizing for most of us


We are all called to evangelize, but the thought of doing so intimidates many. They think you need a degree in theology, or be a Bible scholar, or be a canon lawyer in order to do so.

But in reality, we can evangelize simply by living and through small actions and symbols. Here's a few ideas.

Wear your faith on your sleeve - or on your lapel, or around your neck.

All of us can wear some item that identifies our faith without standing on a soapbox. I am a Secular Franciscan, so I wear a Tau Cross - ether as a cross around my neck, or as a lapel pin. That's our habit, but it also is a witness that sometimes spurs conversation as people ask about my cross,

Other people could wear a pin, a necklace, some item that identifies one as a Christian.

Along the same line, we can choose clothing that identifies us - a tie, a tee-shirt, a mantilla, whatever.

Not only can what we wear be a way to witness, it can be a reminder to us to watch what we say and do.

And conversely, it can make us more conscious of what we should not wear. Is wearing a "Co-ed Naked Volleyball" tee-shirt really a way to say "I am a Christian" - or something we'd like to face God wearing?

Try praying publicly.

I remember years ago when I was hitchhiking (yes, you could get away with it in those days), and a man picked me up. We started chatting, and I noticed something on his finger. I asked what it was, and he explained that it was a finger rosary, and that he prays the rosary when he's driving.

I never forgot that. I now do the same thing. That man had evangelized by simply praying.

There are other ways to do that. Make a sign of the cross - notice how when athletes do that people comment? Bow or tip you hat when you pass a church.

And what about saying Grace in a restaurant?


Watch what you say.

It's so easy to get caught up in negative conversations at family gatherings, at work, when out with friends. We fall into criticizing, gossiping, and tearing down others. What if we did not take part? What if we changed the subject? What is we responded with something positive? What if we said it made us uncomfortable? What a witness.

Along that line, our conversations have gotten coarser, full of foul words and sexual innuendo. Just as with the talking about others, what if we refused to use the crude language? If we feel braver, maybe even say something.

I had a co-worker who came up with a way to stop it. She taught a night school course, and a number of the men in the class tended to use foul language, with f-bombs flying. She realized they were not doing so maliciously, it was just a habit. So one night she walked into class and substituted f-bobs for every adjective and adverb. The guys were shocked, then they got it and cleaned up their own language. I wouldn't do that myself, but it worked.

Anyway, by avoiding the talk, being aware of our own words, maybe helping others to look at what they are saying, we can witness to others, and so evangelize.

Use common courtesy.

Each day we have so many moments when we can treat others with respect and courtesy. Let someone else go first. Hold a door. Make room for another driver to switch lanes. Smile. Say please and thank you and sorry. Say "God bless you."

Yes, I know these all might be just courteous, but in a world where courtesy is increasingly rare, such gestures stand out. And if others then see our religious pins or bumper stickers, they might then link how we are behaving to what we believe.

I'm sure people can come up with more examples. But the point is we can all evangelize every day in so many ways.

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Franciscan quotation


A peaceful man does more good than a learned one. - Pope St. John XXIII
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Franciscan quotation (more Archbishop Chaput)


“When Catholics oppose abortion, they do so not because of some special Catholic religious doctrine or simply because the church says so. Rather, the church teaches abortion is wrong because it already is. Abortion violates the universal natural law by abusing the inherent human rights of the unborn child. The injustice of genocide, oppressing the poor, the killing unborn children is not a matter of religious doctrine. It’s a matter of natural law.” – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Franciscan quotation (Archbishop Chaput)


Consumer culture - the world we live in every day - is deeply anti-Christian not just in its gluttony and its exclusion of the needs of others, but also in its damage to the mature, clear-thinking self. - Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Franciscan quotation (Pope St. John XXIII on peace)



Nuclear weapons must be banned. A general agreement must be reached on a suitable disarmament program, with an effective system of mutual control. Everyone, however, must realize that, unless this process of disarmament be thoroughgoing and complete, and reach men's very souls, it is impossible to stop the arms race, or to reduce armaments, or, and this is the main thing, ultimately to abolish them entirely. Everyone must sincerely co-operate in the effort to banish fear and the anxious expectation of war from men's minds. But this requires that the fundamental principles upon which peace is based in today's world be replaced by an altogether different one, namely, the realization that true and lasting peace among nations cannot consist in the possession of an equal supply of armaments but only in mutual trust. - Pope St. John XXIII (Pacem in Terris)

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Remembering Hiroshima



walking in the woods
noticing all the mushrooms -
August 6

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Franciscan quotation



“The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.” — Saint John Vianney

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Franciscan quotation



It is always springtime in the heart that loves God. - Saint Jean (John) Vianney 

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Methuselah clerihew


 
Methuselah
was one long-lived fella.
It wasn't because longevity was bred in his bones,
he was just determined to pay off all his college loans.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Franciscan quotation


Death has no terrors for a sincere servant of Christ who is laboring to bring souls to a knowledge of the truth.  - Blessed Ramon Llull

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Franciscan quotation


“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.” - Saint Charles Borromeo 

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Brother (Cover) || Franciscan Friars of the Renewal



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rising || Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (ft. Fr. Tansi, CFR)



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Franciscan quotation


“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” - Louis Pasteur

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