Pope Francis on the Year of Mercy

The following excerpts are from the book The Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, published by Franciscan Media. The Great River of Mercy In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to...

A Christmas Miracle

Catholic and Jewish people people are kindred spirits. We worship the same God, and honor God as the creator and sustainer of all life—especially that of our own human family. We both celebrate endless years of God’s saving actions among us. As Pope St. John XXIII famously said upon welcoming Jewish...

The Tale of a Classic Christmas Song

ALTHOUGH the names of Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne may not be familiar, they composed many popular songs together, including “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” recorded by Bobby Vinton. Their masterpiece, however, is “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Many people mistakenly assume this Christmas classic has been around...

“O Emmanuel,” We Want to See Your Face!

Enjoy this Advent reflection from author Kelly Wahlquist! A Word from Pope Francis This week the Church is like Mary: she is awaiting a birth. The Virgin sensed within herself, in body and in soul, that the birth of her child was near. Surely in her heart she said to the baby she was carrying in her womb:...

Be Merciful—Just as the Father Is

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, coauthor of the FREE e-newsletter, A Friar’s E-spirations. There is a startling statement in Luke’s account of Jesus’ sermon on the plain (6:36-38). He says, “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.” We are to be, as Jesus says, “like the...

Sacraments and Sacramentality

Think for a moment of anything stunningly beautiful that has ever taken you completely out of yourself. Perhaps it was a newborn baby or a thunderstorm, a breaching whale or a magnificent symphony. Try to remember how it made you feel in the moment when you stopped thinking and just let yourself be lifted up...

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