Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Asissi

Just about everybody knows Saint Francis. He’s the plaster birdbath guy, right? The saint who hung around with fuzzy pastel animals. Well, sort of. “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” (Saint Francis of Assisi) I very nearly took “Francis” Continue reading Saint Francis of Assisi

On Obedience and Confusion

Happy sixth day of Christmas! Yesterday was the memorial of the splendid Saint Thomas Becket. Having the birth name “Thomas”, I take Becket and Aquinas as patrons, and I normally write something about the saint here each year. Yesterday snuck Continue reading On Obedience and Confusion

Misericordia et Miseria

For the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has released an Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Miseria, “Mercy and Misery”. MISERICORDIA ET MISERA is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting Continue reading Misericordia et Miseria

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Asissi

Just about everybody knows Saint Francis. He’s the plaster birdbath guy, right? The saint who hung around with fuzzy pastel animals. Well, sort of. “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” (Saint Francis of Assisi) I very nearly took “Francis” Continue reading Saint Francis of Assisi

A New Feast

Vatican Radio is reporting that Pope Francis has raised the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to the rank of a Feast. This puts the celebration of the “Apostle to the Apostles” on par with those of the men to whom Continue reading A New Feast

The Divine Mercy

Today, the Second Sunday in the Octave of Easter, is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy (Dominica II Paschæ seu de divina misericordia) in Continue reading The Divine Mercy

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, Continue reading Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Pope and Patriarch, Together for the First Time

This morning, we have the following rather stunning notice from the Vatican Press Office: Francis to meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Cuba Vatican City, 5 February 2016 (VIS) – The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased Continue reading Pope and Patriarch, Together for the First Time

Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

Pope Francis opened the Holy Doors at Saint Peter’s Basilica, officially beginning the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. On December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, Father Nicholas Continue reading Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

Open Wide the Holy Doors and Announce the Jubilee!

Today, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, Pope Francis unsealed the Holy Doors at Saint Peter’s Basilica, officially beginning the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. On this coming Third Sunday of Advent, all across the world, Continue reading Open Wide the Holy Doors and Announce the Jubilee!

Mercy!

Released today and, weirdly, also dated today, Pope Francis has published some instructions pursuant to the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Some highlights: How Indulgences are to be Granted: I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one Continue reading Mercy!

On a Mission from God

This morning, we were privileged to meet the young lady in this photo. She served with us at the Saturday Mass on the Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Her name is Kara Jackson. She has Down syndrome. Kara is an Continue reading On a Mission from God

Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

The headline says it all. I cannot imagine better news on a Tuesday morning. I’m more than slightly stunned. He was only appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary three years ago. At that time I wrote: As both of my long-time Continue reading Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

More About Laudato Si’

I’m still working my way through Laudato Si’, but in the meantime, here are some more great analyses: The Terrible Problem with Laudato Si’ The difficulty, the dreadful, unspeakable, shield-your-eyes difficulty with the Pope’s new encyclical on the environment comes Continue reading More About Laudato Si’

Laudato Si’

Pope Francis’ new encyclical on ecology and the environment was published this morning, and already my RSS feeds and inbox are filling up with those praising it, criticizing it, or just plain analyzing it. I will begin reading it at Continue reading Laudato Si’

Blessed Óscar Romero

On 24 March 1980, Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador was gunned down while celebrating Mass. While it is generally recognized (and admitted by the government) that the assassins were members of a death squad sent by the government of Continue reading Blessed Óscar Romero