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The Trinity as Love

It’s only God in us that knows God. It’s God in us that loves God. It’s God in us that recognizes God. Continue Reading The Trinity as Love

The Global Common Good

Rediscovering the Common Good The Global Common Good Friday, November 5, 2021 In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis urges Christians to consider the long-term effects of our actions which impact the future well-being of the human species, all living things, and our planet itself: The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The… Continue Reading The Global Common Good

The Goodness of Solidarity

Rediscovering the Common Good The Goodness of Solidarity Thursday, November 4, 2021 Few Christians in the twentieth century lived their lives as devoted to the common good as Dorothy Day. She served the poor, homeless, and hungry in New York City for decades. Her steadfast belief in the dignity of the poor as bearing the… Continue Reading The Goodness of Solidarity

Authentic Freedom

Liberation Authentic Freedom Tuesday, January 19, 2021 In his newest book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, Pope Francis points out that we need both personal liberation and liberation from unjust and harmful systems. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that salvation is merely an individual escape plan for the next world,… Continue Reading Authentic Freedom

An Unexpected Francis

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Unexpected Francis Sunday, October 4, 2020 During the election, I was seated next to [Brazilian] Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! . . . When the votes reached two thirds . . . he said: “Don’t forget the poor.”. . . Right away, thinking… Continue Reading An Unexpected Francis

Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi Monday, May 18, 2020 I deeply appreciate the many ways Pope Francis has continued the work of Vatican II by letting in the “fresh air” of modern science and other disciplines. While new information is one of the primary ways we come to understand Reality… Continue Reading Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi

Helping Others

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Helping Others Thursday, December 19, 2019 Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. [1] Step Twelve tells addicts that they will never really come to appropriate the power and… Continue Reading Helping Others

Nonviolence Works

Nonviolence Nonviolence Works Thursday, August 22, 2019 How is it that many Christians have managed to avoid what Jesus actually taught? We’ve evaded major parts of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7): the Beatitudes, Jesus’ warning about idolizing “mammon,” his clear directive and example of nonviolence, and his command to love our enemies. I… Continue Reading Nonviolence Works

Politics for Peace

Nonviolence Politics for Peace Wednesday, August 21, 2019 One of the most hopeful signs of growth and evolution in Christianity today is the effort to reclaim nonviolence as fundamental to Jesus’ life and teaching. Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace in 2017 focused on this: I pray that the image and likeness… Continue Reading Politics for Peace

The Joy of the Gospel

Joy and Hope The Joy of the Gospel Sunday, November 25, 2018 I believe that St. Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. . . . [He] was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his open-heartedness. —Pope Francis [1]… Continue Reading The Joy of the Gospel

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