"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

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Pope Francis' Leadership Style - A Book Review

JBookonPopeFrancisChris Lowney, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, Loyola Press, 2113

A Review by Quentin de la Bedoyere

Chris Lowney himself has been a Jesuit seminarian and a senior executive at J.P. Morgan & Co. He uses his experience of both to examine in this book Pope Francis' approach to leadership. This analysis, which Lowney frames in terms of Jesuit spiritualty, offers useful keys to the way Francis thinks and acts. Read the review

Pope Francis: Be Humble to Dialogue

 

.- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of being humble in order to dialogue with others, and emphasized that we should not build “walls” that can foster resentment with others. “Humility, meekness, becoming all things to everyone and also – but this is not written in the Bible – all of us know that to do these things you have to swallow so many toads. But, we must do it,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 24 daily Mass.

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Advice for the Pope on Reforming the Church

Geraldine Doogue

GeraldineAndFrancisThe Church isn't offering many endearing images to its stoic believers of late. But one will stay with me for many years. That wonderful moment in March when Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked out onto the Vatican balcony with his simple but invitingFratelli e sorelle, buona sera! — Brothers and sisters, good evening! — still sends a thrill up my spine.

Along with the rest of the watching crowd in St Peter's Square, I thought he'd seemed rather stunned, almost overwhelmed just prior to this emergence. Then came this incredibly pastoral moment followed by the next, his appeal to all of us to pray for him. You could have heard a pin drop in the packed square as people delightedly complied, an unforgettable moment.

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Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

PopeFrancisPope Francis offers a considered reflection on his approach to being Church today. The themes of joy and mercy are prominent, reminding us of Pope John XXIII. He also continues the Church's critique of capitalism, challenging all people of good will to face the terrible inequities in our world. The Pope's "off the cuff" remarks of the previous months are perhaps not so "off the cuff".

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Pope Joins in Tributes to Nelson Mandela

NelsonMandelaPope Francis sent a telegram to Jacob Zuma expressing his condolences on the death of Nelson Mandela. 

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A Comment on the Vatican's Questionnaire

JWilliamGrimmMany of us were dismayed by the wording and expression of questions in the recent Preparatory Document for the Extraordinary Synod on Mariage and the Family scheduled for October 2014. 

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Pope Francis asks "Why?"

PopeFrancisCardinal Tagle recently had an audience in Rome with Pope Francis, along with a large group of people from the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle broke down as a spoke of the loss and pain caused by the cyclone.

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