Posts Tagged ‘Lumen Fidei’

The Gift of Love

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Standing before the altar, the man and woman gazed into each other’s eyes as each of them made this solemn promise and vow: “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” Shortly before, their respective parents had said to them with tears in their eyes, “I love you,” just as […] [Read more]

Summer Reading with Pope Francis

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Many of us look forward to the summer as a time to catch up on our reading. There is always a stack of books and articles on my table, ranging from spiritual works to history to fiction, but one author is always on my reading list – the Pope. Reading the words of Pope Francis […] [Read more]

God is Love: The Letters of Saint John

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Easter is a season to rejoice in the love of Christ our Redeemer, and then proclaim the Good News of the Risen Lord who calls us to eternal life. This is what Saint John does in his three letters of the New Testament and I invite you to read and reflect on these inspiring writings […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Second Anniversary

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Sitting there in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Mass celebrated with the new cardinals at the recent consistory, I was touched as Pope Francis said to us, “The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for eternity; [but] to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it […] [Read more]

Epiphany: The Public Revelation of the Savior of the World

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Before the invention of satellites or digital compasses and the Global Positioning System, travelers, navigators and mariners looked to the stars for guidance. The Gospel of Matthew tells us about one particular star, the Star of Bethlehem, which pointed to the Lord Jesus and guided the Magi from the East (Mt. 2:1-2, 9-11). Following the […] [Read more]

Praying with the Family of God in Our Lenten Journey

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

At the end of the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger came forward for the final commendation and farewell, he paused for several minutes as the crowd cheered, crying out “Santo Subito” while waving banners that also read in translation, “Sainthood now!” Days earlier, on April 2, 2005, the people […] [Read more]

Saint Teresa of Ávila and Drawing Closer to God

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

As Blessed Pope John Paul II observed, “People today put more trust in witnesses than in teachers, in experience than in teaching, and in life and action than in theories” (Redemptoris Missio, 42, citing Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).  This explains the popularity of Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Doctor of the Church whose writings are profoundly […] [Read more]

Pope Francis and His Patron Saint

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks, “What’s in a name?” For Pope Francis, his name tells us much about the heart of this man and his papacy. In a special audience on March 16 with 5,000 journalists from around the world, who had covered his election to the papacy three days earlier, […] [Read more]

The Shining Light of Saint Edith Stein

Friday, August 9th, 2013

  The light of faith is capable of illuminating our entire journey, directing us in all that we do in our daily activity.  In this way, the light shines from within us to be seen by others (Lumen Fidei, 1, 33). One person who saw that light in others and became a great light herself […] [Read more]

Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Pope Francis

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

On the day after his election, Pope Francis famously returned to the hotel where he had been staying and paid his bill.  But earlier that day, he repaid another debt, by kneeling in prayer before an icon of Mary and the child Jesus at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, and then by […] [Read more]