This is the crown from the Our Lady of Fatima statue used in last weekend’s Consecration and which now sits at the residence of Pope Emeritus Benedict. I just learned that the object coming down from the center is the bullet that lodged in Pope John Paul II after a failed assassination attempt in 1982. He always credited Our Lady with his survival.
Just read a sort of brilliant thought. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict simply have different personalities. The teachings are the same. Both are consistent with the Church.
In those personalities, one has to also understand that neither is one dimentional. For those that followed him (and not just mainstream media accounts), we know that Pope Benedict had a very quiet, loving, and humble side. His reflection, understanding, and courage to retire was an ultimate act of humility, which is the trait that people seem to admire most in Pope Francis.
Those who have done their research on Pope Francis know that he has routinely been in the lion’s den of conflict, but his style has been one of charity and trying to lay low so that he can penetrate the hearts quietly. Do not ever mistake his humble nature for lack of conviction. His conviction is to the truth and to Christ. The media’s wordsmiths and editors may twist what he says, but he will not be twisted because Pope Francis knows he is of a higher truth. He is a servant to that truth, which does not change.
Yesterday, we were a part of a day of prayer for peace. Pope Francis asked for the day seemingly because of the world and Syria, but I also found myself thinking of my own family and including prayers for peace in my own 4 walls. Then, the words of St. Francis echoed - “and let it begin with me.”
Well played, Pope Francis. Well played.
Tonight my 6 year old son pulled out “The Giving Tree” to read for his bedtime story. I told him how much I loved that book and he said he’d never read it before. As we read, he got that worried look and was sad, particularly as the tree gave all her branches.
Eventually, he was crying a bit. We talked about how giving can make one happy, even though there is sacrifice. He seemed amazed when I shared how that is what parents do. “But don’t YOU want to be happy?” “Knowing that our children are happy and taken care of makes us happy.” I mentioned that one of those other people who gave was Jesus, that He died for us because he loved us.
And my little boy, my 6 year old boy, said, “You mean like when at church Father says, ‘This is my body, which was given up for you’?”
Wow, he has been paying attention.
He was still struggling to understand, but aren’t we all? I’m just so proud that he was on the right track.
Went to a larger Knights of Columbus meeting tonight gathering info for our council. It felt great to be in the presence of about 60 men that share my beliefs and values. Something powerful about saying a decade of the rosary with so many men all at once.
|—||Cardinal Francis George|
From today’s Gospel from Luke 12:
“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided,three against two and two against three;”
My guess is that this reading hits home for many of us. We need to stay true and follow the right path, and sometimes that means that others who go on different paths will be angry that we have not stayed with them. People know the truth, but they don’t like to be reminded of it.
I know that in my family that I have been unfriended and not included in certain outings or discussions. There is that look you get at some family events. Groups of friends from old Catholic school days now judge me harshly because I am still Catholic. I know I am doing the right thing, but there is suffering. Jesus was also abandoned.
What are some ways that you have had your family divided or that you have had to go your own for the sake of God?
|—||Pope Francis - August 15, 2013 Feast of the Assumption|
Proud to be a Knight.
“As members of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, Yap says, the Knights consider this charity work to be not just about helping their neighbors, but part of a calling that ought to be transformative for all involved. He sets as a goal doing his part to make sure men who are Knights under his leadership “become better Catholics, better men, better husbands.” Sometimes a new member will come in satisfied with being a confession-once-a-year, Mass-on-Sunday kinda guy, Yap continues, but it is our duty to help a brother see that those sacraments should transform him. Charity and catechesis are not just about helping neighbors in need, but about opening hearts to the countercultural call of Christianity.”
The Fort Hood shooter is allowed to have his Koran and pray multiple times per day, have specially selected meals, and to grow his beard - all to accommodate his religion. Those in the military whom he targeted and those who guard him are all told to worship only an hour per week, put their Bibles away, and not to speak of their faith.