"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

News

Nun Jailed for Nuclear Protest

MargaretRiceNuclearProtesterSister Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun who broke into a nuclear weapons facility in July, 2012, in a peace protest, was sentenced yesterday to 35 months in federal prison.

Her two co-defendants, Michael Walli, 65, and Gregory Boertje-Obed, 58, were sentenced to 62 months on charges of interfering with national security and damaging property at the Y-12 National Security Complex, in Oak Ridge Tennessee, in July 2012 — the same facility that once provided the enriched uranium for the world's first bomb on Hiroshima. Read full report

Pilgrimage to India and Sri Lanka February 2015

A Journey in the Heart

BedeGriffiths01“His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51 – NRSV)

Living is a journey, both a journey inwards and a journey outwards. The outer world into which we travel is partly made up of natural facts and forces and partly constructed by politics, culture, society, religion and individual behaviours. Dealing with this outer world is perhaps the most obvious part of the human journey. We cannot escape it!

We can, however, become forgetful of the inner world or simply take it for granted. In fact, it needs deliberate attention. How well we deal with that inner world bears directly on how well we deal with the outer world.

Our pilgrimage to India and Sri Lanka will be an encounter with other cultures and environments. We will leave our comfort zones that depend so much on what we can take for granted. This can be expected to provide the jolt to body, mind and spirit that can awaken us to new possibilities – not only there but also here.

The pilgrimage will then be as much a journey in the heart as it is a journey across sea and land. The latter evokes the former, the former makes the latter rich and life giving. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, will be our companion along the way.

 

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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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