Ash Wednesday. What do we like about Pope Francis?
- He lives a simple life.
- He loves the poor.
- He loves all people.
To sum it up, we love Pope Francis because he kind of looks like Jesus. He’s showing the Cardinals and the Vatican that they should live like Jesus. Every priest should kind of look like Jesus. And yes, every Christian is called to look like Jesus. This Lent, let’s imitate Pope Francis:
- Fast from one luxury, so you can live a simpler life.
- Give alms by finding one way to serve the poor, wherever you find them.
- Pray a little more, so your life can be more full of God’s love for all people.
This Lent, lets each follow the example of Pope Francis and come to reflect in our own lives the Face of Jesus. (5 Mar 2014)
As Americans, money is our national addiction. One of our national dreams is to strike it rich and figure out something to make our millions. Some people spend their whole working life following the money around from place to place. There is also another way that we follow the money around, and this is by trying to save money. It’s all a game, but the Gospel challenges us not to play this game and to focus our energy on what really matters.
Ordinary Time, 8th Sunday. God provides so well that even charities like Feed my Starving Children have learned to depend on Providence. Yet we still worry about Monday. God is like a good parent: He gives us what we need, not what we want. Once when I was on retreat, God provided for me in a special way to let me know I could trust Him.
Today’s Gospel warns us: we say we trust God, but we really trust in Money. Money is something we can hold on to and it makes us feel powerful, secure, and valuable. But money will let us down. Trust God instead. He will provide everything you need, even something as simple as a backpack. (2 Mar 2014)
The most important church document on ecumenism might be this video on YouTube. Apparently, Pope Francis has a good friend name Tony Palmer, an Anglican active in the Pentecostal movement. The Pope asked his friend to take a video of himself on his iPhone in order to share it with a large Protestant conference that he was attending.
In the video, Pope Francis says he wants to speak from the heart. He goes on to say that he has a great desire for the separation between Catholics and Protestants to end and to give way to communion. He uses the story of Joseph and his brothers to convey a simple message: I am your brother.
The message is even more amazing if you see the way that Tony Palmer explains the video, pleads for the divisions among Christians to end, and then records Kenneth Copeland giving a video response back to Pope Francis.
You would think that Valentine’s day is not the best day in the world to be celibate, but I got one of the world’s best Valentine’s day cards. A person who does not have a significant other is not living without love, because God’s love is always there for us. In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus tells us about God’s love, and teaches us to love the way God loves and not the way that comes naturally to us. We can’t just love when it’s easy, we also need to love when it’s hard. +
Ordinary Time, 6th Sunday. Jesus sits down and, in the name of God, gives us the new Law:
- It’s not enough to not kill your brother: don’t even get angry, and don’t bother arguing your case.
- It’s not enough to avoid adultery: don’t even lust, and don’t consider divorce.
- It’s not enough to not swear falsely: don’t even swear an oath at all.
Jesus wants us to face the selfish roots of sin that grow in our heart: our need to accuse others and defend ourselves, our selfish desires, and our dishonesty. Why does he ask so much? Jesus wants us to be pure enough so that we can welcome God himself into our lives and into our hearts. Does it seem impossible? He never intended us to do this alone. Jesus will help you stand up and walk. With God nothing is impossible. (16 Feb 2014)
Jesus has given us the light of faith so that we can share it with others. There are many ways to share, including giving money. Often we feel that we barely have enough for ourselves, and we cannot afford to share too much with others. The truth is that we if we have something, then we have something that we can share. In addition to money, one of our most precious commodities is time. Often we feel that we barely have enough time to get our own work done, and we cannot afford to stop and take time with others. The truth is that if we make time for others, our work somehow manages to get done.
This weekend, parishes throughout our Diocese promoted the annual Bishop’s Appeal. The audio above is our Bishop’s message. You can find the video at the end of this post. Here is the appeal text from the website:
Ordinary Time, 5th Sunday. “You are the light of the world.” — Matthew 5:14
We are the light of the world, and God calls us to share the light of Christ. Funds raised through the Bishop’s Appeal support the mission and ministries of the Diocese of Green Bay. These ministries help young people learn about Jesus in our parishes and Catholic schools. Those in need of counseling are helped at Catholic Charities. Men receive training and formation to become deacons. Pastoral care is provided to church members.
Please prayerfully consider a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal. Your gift today, helps us build vibrant parishes and share the Gospel throughout northeastern Wisconsin. Thank you for your support of the Bishop’s Appeal. For more information visit CatholicFoundationGB.org
The Feast of the Presentation reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. We have been given our faith at baptism, but our faith is a living thing and it needs to grow. Like other living things, faith needs food, water, and shelter. The food that our faith needs is the Word of God and Holy Communion. The water that our faith needs is prayer. The shelter that our faith needs is the Church. (This recording ends with a baptism which was done at Mass on February 2nd)
- Maria on +409+ Should Christians be Tolerant of other Religions? (2nd Sunday)
- remaining anonymous on Son of a gentle God (Baptism of the Lord)
- Fr. Benjamin Sember on Mary helps us take our first faith steps (Advent 2)
- Jack on Mary helps us take our first faith steps (Advent 2)
- Fr. Benjamin Sember on Father and mother should be united (Holy Family)
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