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Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

By melanie jean juneau, published on Jul 20, 2014

I am appalled by commentators and writers who quickly denounce Pope Francis, often misinterpreting or twisting the meaning of his comments by taking them out of context. These critics are acting like the‘ the accuser of our brethren… which accused them before our God day and night’. [Revelation 12:7-12]Theyseem poised, ready to pounce on any hint of his supposed sin against tradition. Pope Francis’ detractors condemn him as a modernist heretic who is selling out to secular opinion by refusing to stand up for traditional Roman Catholic Church teachings. The pope’s critics seem determined to... (more)

Tags: judging, critics, pope francis, melanie jean juneau, mercy and forgiveness

Holy Bat Joy! First Fridays With Francis

By Cyndi Marlow, published on May 5, 2014

This month I have taken my inspiration from his homily at Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence on April 24. Pope Francis spoke of Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection.He compared them to bats hiding in dark caves that prefer the shadows and avoid the light.

“This is a Christian’s disease. We’re afraid of joy. It’s better to think: Yes, yes, God exists, but He is there. Jesus has risen and He is there. Somewhat distant. We’re afraid of being close to Jesus because this gives us joy. And this is why there are so many ‘funeral’ (mournful) Christians, isn’t... (more)

Tags: catholic, bats, pope francis

This Holy Week - Who am I in the Story?

By Cyndi Marlow, published on Apr 15, 2014

The below is taken from the text of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message:

"We might well ask ourselves just one question: Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, before Jesus who enters Jerusalem amid the enthusiasm of the crowd? Am I ready to express my joy, to praise him? Or do I stand back? Who am I, before the suffering Jesus?

We have just heard many, many names. The group of leaders, some priests, the Pharisees, the teachers of the law, who had decided to kill Jesus. They were waiting for the chance to arrest him. Am I like one of them?

We have also heard another... (more)

Tags: catholic, pope francis, holy week

Oct. 13: Pope Francis Consecrates the World

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 12, 2013

... leave for Rome on the morning of Oct. 12 and return on the afternoon of Oct. 13. The statue normally resides in the shrine’s Little Chapel of Apparitions.

The two-day observance includes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and moments of prayer and meditation. On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the twentieth century if the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the... (more)

Tags: rome, pope francis, immaculate heart of mary, marian, our lady of fátima, pope, portugal

Criticism of Pope Francis? Seriously?

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 2, 2013

This post is written in response to an article (The Head-Slapping Criticism of Pope Francis) written by Stacy Trasancos in the Catholic Free Press. In it she reminds the Body of Christ to stop publicly slapping the Head of the Church.

The criticism coming from the self-identified “loyal opposition” Catholics in the media who feel obliged to fraternally correct the Holy Father is perplexing to say the least. It is shocking that declared faithful Catholics label Pope Francis a Modernist heretic, and then bewail the burden of it. Others dislike his personality and humility, [...]... (more)

Tags: pope francis, criticism. life in christ

Atheists are Redeemed!

By melanie jean juneau, published on Jun 19, 2013

Pope Francis has been in office for just over 100 days. His very countenance radiates authenticity, kindness, joy and the love of God. This good will is not only lavished on the faithful but the poor, the outcasts and yes, even atheists. Just a couple of weeks ago, at daily Mass, Pope Francis casually remarked that God has redeemed atheists,

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children... (more)

Tags: atheists, pope francis, do good, in god's image, redeemed

The Gift of Selflessness

By Randy Mitchell, published on Apr 15, 2013

... item sold, and giving a meager $20 to a family needing gas and going nowhere until I sat and realized their hardship was real. As I gave, my heart received, and it always continues being a wonderful feeling.

I’m not Catholic, but I’ve started following the actions of newly-elected Pope Francis. He’s a very simple man. A humble man. One who, even after his rise among the church to Archbishop, Cardinal, and now, Pope prefers to live in a simple apartment, refuses chauffeured limousines, and enjoys cooking his own meals. Although, for non other than security reasons, will most... (more)

Tags: heroes, kindness, randy mitchell, inspirational people, sleflessness, pope francis, acts of kindness, acts of selflessness, modern inspiration

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