Make a cuppa, pull up a comfy chair and lets take a wander through some interesting odds and ends we came across over the last few weeks.
Pope Francis section:
Il Papa Francesco has been generating a lot of coverage and interest. The following are some of the highlights we picked out.
- Pope to his Diocese: We cannot remain with arms crossed before a city that asks hope of us
- Pope: We see the face of Christ in refugees
- No more broken promises: Pope talks to FAO members about poverty
- The Children's Train: A journey to the Vatican to see the Pope
- Pope Francis condemns hypocrisy - Christianity is not simply the study of laws or commands: this is an impediment to understanding and living the truth that God is joy and generosity.
- Welcoming Atheists into Heaven
- Why is the Pope so popular?
- Harley-Davidson rides into the Eternal City
- Francis announces encyclical letter, the work “of four hands” is nearly complete
- Phil over at Blue Eyed Ennis has some great Papa Francesco extracts and pieces, head over to have a look.
The non-Pope Francis section(!):
This time last year we were all focused on IEC2012 - has your parish done any follow up on the Congress? The IEC2012 website is still live and full of resources and links to the talks and conferences given last year. You can find all the posts we did on IEC2012 on the blog HERE.
Michael Kelly has a strong and thought provoking article in this weeks Irish Catholic about the need for communities to support and encourage their priests - We need to talk about priests
Politics and Christians in the Holy Land - NCR
BBC - Ancient Irish texts show volcanic link to cold weather
iBenedictines have posted a number of interesting and thought provoking posts lately including
Archbishop Chaput: “If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough…nothing the bishops do will finally matter
Norway's hot new title? The Bible, now outselling 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
An interesting reflection on Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd) and how it prefigured the Sacraments.
The Psalms: A song for the Beloved
Return to Auschwitz: How Israel keeps Holocaust memories alive. - BBC
NYT - A more secular Europe divided by the Cross
You know how it has been so long since you were last in touch with that old friend? Ever wonder How long is too long?
Our Idols and Ourselves - Elizabeth Scalia unmasks the false gods of everyday life.
Sex, Love, and God: The Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism
A Chanting Coffin-Maker: Mother Dolores & the Gift of Agape
Bucket List with a Difference: Dying Wife Leaves Behind Goals for Her Husband After She’s Gone
Christian Life and the Lesson of St. Kevin - Does living an authentic Christian life mean we have to withdraw from society? Hardly. Word On Fire Blog contributor Fr. Michael Cummins is traveling in Ireland and visited the ruins of Glendalough, a monastic city south of Dublin founded by St. Kevin. There, Fr. Cummins discovered a rich example of what living a Christian life can mean, and today he shares what he learned with us.
Theologians approve John Paul II’s second miracle - possible canonisation by the Autumn?
Newly-professed sisters celebrated as 'sign of hope'
Every Francis needs his Claire