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St. Joseph, Pope Francis, and the Year of Faith

In this critical year of faith we should pay more attention toSt. Joseph, because through him God will provide a way to overcome the famine of faith. The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis can remind us of similarities to St. Joseph: their dreams, their chastity, their wise stewardship. The Joseph of Genesis wisely managed the resources of Egypt, so that when famine struck the country, it was well provided for: “All the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for fam...
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Trust in the Mercy of Jesus

A reflection from Pope Francis’ homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013 3. I would like to emphasize one other thing: God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. Jesus tells Thomas to put his hand in the wounds of his hands and his feet, and in his side. We too can enter into the wounds of Jesus, we can actually touch him. This happens every time that we receive the sacraments with faith. Saint Bernard, in ...
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Seized by Christ

We are heading into the last six months of the Year of Faith initiated by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and re-invigorated by Pope Francis. Indeed, the very emergence of Pope Francis onto the internal ecclesial scene has energized people into renewing or re-starting their journey of discipleship. It almost feels like Pope Francis is trying to push us into a faith-response that we’ve forgotten—one that is active, courageous, joyful, and loving. In short, he is calling us to a life of mission. To b...
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Points of Light

Pope Francis is restoring to us a sense of Church in the midst of the world, a Church for the sake of the world. This is what I mean. Just this morning, when speaking at the General Audience, Pope Francis said we are privileged to carry out a mission of being a leaven of hope in a world wounded by sin and evil. It is hard enough to have hope ourselves, but he asks us to do more, to be hope for others who are suffering from evil and despair.The Pope said we are called to be "so many poi...
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Christian Faith Proclaims God's Total Love

Christian Faith Proclaims God's Total Love

After I had a stroke at 21 years old, it took many years of introspection and struggle to dig deep enough into my soul to trust God again—to know, to be absolutely certain, that God always takes care of me. Years later when I watched a friend suffer with PTSD, I had to face that same question anew. With absolute certainty I could trust that my life was in God’s hands and that no matter how things turned out God’s hands were good and safe, but how do I encourage another to so trust?Would God ...
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Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ

Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ

When Pope Francis talks about Jesus in The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), he gives us many clues on how to define faith. It’s wonderful to be able to define words because a clarified and broadened understanding of a concept or term frees us to choose, to make modifications or U-turns in those places in which we feel called by God.So what are the clues about faith that Pope Francis gives us when he speaks about the fullness of Christian faith, that gift given to us by the Lord? Most simply, he st...
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Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons

Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons

Get faith! Have faith! Keep the faith! Believe the teachings of the Faith! At least three things seem to be communicated by these statements: trust, perseverance, and orthodox belief. And indeed, when it comes to understanding faith, this may be how most would define this virtue. Instead, I like to imagine faith as a diamond. Have you ever held a diamond up to the light? The cut of a diamond determines its beauty and quality in part by the way the cut disperses light into the colors of th...
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