An Open Letter to Pope Francis’ Detractors

Originally posted on Coming Home:


As God says to us in Isaiah, “Come, let us reason together.”

At the start of the Synod on the Family it seems as good a time as any to address those who are less than pleased with Pope Francis and his style, a style that has left me exasperated at times as I have had to repeatedly tell people, “No, that’s NOT what Francis was really saying.” It begs the question, “What is Francis really saying?”

To any reasonable observer of the current pope, Francis has not said anything that is contrary to the faith. He has spoken forcefully against women’s ordination. He has spoken forcefully and repeatedly about our obligation to the poor and the least (Big mistake in some self-righteous, pro-life circles). He has spoken forcefully against the dissolution of marriage, stating that it is impossible to dissolve a marriage that exists. So how can a pope…

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Mother Agnes-Mariam: Syrian Refugee Crisis Caused by Western Provocation


Critical information from Mother Agnes Mariam in Syria

Originally posted on thewallwillfall:

Featured Guest: MOTHER AGNES-MARIAM, Christian Palestinian nun stationed in Syria for last 20 years, exposed the US/Allies/Nato hoax that Syria had chemical WMD. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.


Mother Agnes-Mariam describes what caused the Syrian refugee crisis and the necessity of healing the problem at the root.

Mother Agnes Mariam tells Europe to look into their conscience and determine how their interference provoked displacement.

The Western powers have created a lawless intervention that denies the sovereignty of Syria. Sister Agnes asks Canadians to consider how they would feel if their powerful neighbor intervened in their country in the same way.

Mother Agnes also addresses Pope Francis’ words, the Russia and Saudi Arabia dialog, and the thinking and role of the Syrian army upon whom the people call for protection.  She ends with her advice to Canada, Great Britain and US regarding how to stop the…

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Pope Francis on reconciliation for abortion

Originally posted on In the Light of the Law:

I am sorry to have written a long post on this matter. I did not have time to write a short one.

Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then address Pope Francis’ comments thereon.

1. Abortion has always been recognized as a sin and a grave sin at that. Like other grave sins the path to reconciliation is basically by sacramental Confession.

2. Like some (but not all) sins, abortion has long been treated as a crime under canon law. As is true of other crimes, however, a host of legal factors must be considered in determining whether…

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In Silence of the Powers

Originally posted on Spirit of Carmel:

How necessary is this blessed unity for the soul that craves to live here below the life of the Blessed,  that is,  of simple beings, of spirits! Did not the Divine Master mean to teach this to St Mary Magdalen when he spoke of the “unum necessarium” how well that great saint realized it , she had recognized her God by the light of faith under the veil of his humanity and in silence, in the unity of her powers, she heard His word and could sing, “My soul is continually in my hands” and also the little word,” Nescivi” Yes, she knew nothing but Him! Whatever noise and bustle there might be around her, “Nescivi” she might be blamed: “Nescivi” neither care for honor nor exterior things could draw her from her sacred silence. Thus it is with the soul dwelling in the fortress of holy recollection. By the…

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A light in the Dark – Reflections on Candle Time at camp & the Paschal Candle

Originally posted on Walking The Way of Beauty:

Well, tonight we started our first ever duo-camp! We are running two camps at once this week. Expedition (7th-8th grade), and Quest (5th-6th). I’m working the Expedition camp and also being a staff counselor (living in the cabins with the campers) this week.

It’s a camp tradition that every night after campfire we close with candle time, a time to be candle-in-the-dark-reporter_087897with each other as brothers, share a little about the day and encourage each other to grow. In the past we have actually used candles during candle time, normally though due to a problem a few years back we don’t though some staff like myself, do like to pull out a candle every once in a while if a group is doing well.

The boys (still not men or young men, but getting there) did excellent tonight. They shared their Holy Spirit moments from the day, talking of how…

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Science, Transgender Theory, and the New Gnosticism

Originally posted on the theological beard:

God the Geometer - 13th century God the Geometer – 13th century

The Church has been and is the greatest supporter and defender of science. This is an historical fact. The above image, which precedes the advent of modern science by approximately 300 to 400 years, depicts Christ in the process of creating the world. He is measuring and setting its boundaries. (To those who think medievals believed the earth was flat notice that the world is here depicted round and Christ is using a compass, not a ruler – just saying). The image depicts order, not chaos; also, the Christian concept of time and creation is linear, not cyclic. Both of these are necessary understandings of the world for science to thrive. What prompted the drive that eventually led to the birth of modern science was a seeking of God Who is the Truth and Creator. The more we know about the world, the more…

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Pope Francis and the Duggars

Originally posted on the theological beard:

I’m not really clued in to pop culture. I was vaguely aware of a show about a family with 19 children, and didn’t even know that the number was 19. So when a student told me about the scandal surrounding the Duggars this past Friday, I didn’t know what she was talking about. I mistakenly thought Josh Duggar was the father and that this had happened recently. Since then I have learned more about this particular scandal. What strikes me (though it does not surprise me) is how condemnatory people’s reactions toward Josh have been. It also drove home how much we truly do need to listen to Pope Francis. The people who condemn Josh and the Duggars in general are the same people who incessantly quote Pope Francis’s, “Who am I to judge,” in defense of homosexual acts. The problem is that these people never bothered to learn what the…

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The Scapular Promise of Eternal Life

Originally posted on the theological beard:


Today marks the 750th anniversary of the death of St. Simon Stock to whom our Lady gave the Scapular with this promise: “Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” This is quite a promise. (It is also not alone among the great promises made by our Mother and our Lord). It also, unfortunately, is misunderstood by many people. There is a temptation to treat the Scapular like a superstition. One may think something along the lines of this: “If I’m wearing these two little brown squares when I die, I’ll not go to hell. It is guaranteed.” But the Scapular is not a talisman and grace is not magic. While the grace of God is free, there is no compulsion in our cooperation with it. To properly understand the Scapular…

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