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Living the Moral Life 6

God is God and we are not. But in here lies the good news. We try to save ourselves to no avail. We see politicians trying to correct ills of society, and all that ever happens is that they dig a deeper hole. The media thinks they have the answer, but they keep running farther away from God and find themselves in a place they never anticipated. They seem to have the answers, but we see they are many times in misery themselves. Scientists also claim peace and security. Take the latest medicine, diet craze, statistics or findings that surely promise to cure us all. But they never really do. Then there are the so called “spiritual gurus” who say follow me, I will help you! They promise peace and it may work for a little while, but then leaves you dry. Like a dog chasing its tail, we flop around from one craze to the next, being duped every time. Continue reading

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Angelus: On the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

Vatican City State, May 31, 2015     

The following is a translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus this afternoon in St. Peter’s Square:


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and good Sunday!

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity, that reminds of the mystery of the one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the communion of Divine Persons who are with one another, for one another, in one another: this communion is the life of God, the mystery of love of the Living God. But who has revealed to us this mystery? Jesus. …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Warns Against Worldly, Indifferent Christians

Vatican City State, May 28, 2015     

Pope Francis is calling on the faithful to examine what type of Christians they are. During his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father stressed that there are three key groups of Christians…

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Pope Francis Did Not Call Abbas an ‘Angel of Peace’ Read more at:

by Ellen Carmichael May 17, 2015 5:30 PM
Sunday morning, Americans awakened to headlines proclaiming that Pope Francis had called Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” during an event at the Vatican the day before. News organizations gleefully printed this claim across newspapers and news sites around the globe. Agence France-Presse’s headline: “Pope meets ‘angel of peace’ Abbas after treaty announcement.” BBC: “Pope Francis calls Palestinians’ Abbas ‘angel of peace.’” The New York Times: “In Vatican, Abbas Is Praised as ‘Angel of Peace.’” Even Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary magazine published a piece entitled, “Sorry, Your Holiness, But Abbas Is No Angel.”
Of course, this reveals the eagerness of some in the media to paint His Holiness as…

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Only Through Service Can One Follow Christ

Vatican City State, May 26, 2015     

It is sad to see a Christian who wants both Jesus and worldly gain. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Mark, in which Peter says to Jesus that he and the disciples “have given up everything and followed you.”

Regarding Christ’s response, the Pope noted that He did not respond with promises of wealth, but rather…