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FRATELLI TUTTI, PART III

As you could see from the quote I used at the end of my last essay, the following is a meditation on the reality and practical applications of love.  Here, Pope Francis is following the lead of Pope St John Paul II, especially in the latter’s encyclical Laborem...

POPE FRANCIS’ FRATELLI TUTTI, PART II

Chapter Two of the encyclical is titled “A Stranger On The Road.”  It comprises paragraphs 56-86.  I am suggesting that the rest of the document is an unpacking of the implications of this chapter, a meditation on the parable of the Good Samaritan....

POPE FRANCIS’ FRATELLI TUTTI, PART I

This is a long encyclical letter; it’s why I’d like to summarize it for you and pull some important quotes for your consideration.  But first, I want to make a couple of clarifications. The title (translated brothers all) was attacked in the press (before the...

THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS…

…is the seedbed of the Church, according to the venerable 3rd century North African Father Tertullian.  And this coming Saturday we will remember one of the most important of the early martyrs—one who really made the mark of martyrdom the “standard of excellence”...

IL POVERELLO

Saturday is October 3; Sunday is October 4.  News flash, right?  But on the evening of the 3rd (which is liturgically the beginning of the 4th), in 1226, at the Porziuncola at Santa Maria degli Angeli, Francis of Assisi died....

GETTING BUMPED

27 September is the Memorial of St Vincent de Paul.  It won’t be celebrated this year since this date is also the 26th Sunday of our Church’s calendar.  But if he is “gone” from the liturgy this year, he is not (and will not be) forgotten....

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THE END OF SUMMER

For all those who were longing to quit worrying about COVID-19:  let me introduce a special guest:  Sally. Home-school Religious Education:  parents really ARE the primary educators of their children (PTL, with serious help from our PCL and the great...

OPENING UP

Here at Our Savior, we have placed a priority on safety--for parishioners and for me.  This priority has made things much more difficult for folks.  We were limited at first 100% to live-streamed Masses; gradually, we added Morning Prayer after weekday Mass...

BE WELL, DO GOOD WORK, AND KEEP IN TOUCH

For some time Garrison Keillor would do a brief spot on NPR called “The Writer’s Almanac.”  He would share dates and times of special events in the past relating to authors of one kind or another, and he would end with a poetic recitation.”  He always signed...

GENERATIONS OF FAITH

By now, most folks know that the Archdiocese of Mobile is in the midst of a massive fund-raising campaign called “Generations of Faith.”  I want to offer as much detail as I can about the campaign, its goals and purposes, its time-frame, and Our Savior’s part in...